“Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.”  John 7:33 NIV

Read:   John 7:25-44

“I’ll be with you in just a minute!”, the young lady behind the counter told us.   But, it was not just a minute.  It was several minutes!   Another time, the dentist told you, your gums will be numb ‘in just a minute’.  It was more than ‘just a minute’ and it didn’t feel like your mouth was numb…you could feel the pain!   Then there is the recording while you are on hold announcing someone will be with you in ‘just a minute’ that you have heard repeatedly for last 10 minutes.

There are minutes and sometimes minutes that are much longer than a minute.   A minute has become a slang term meaning a short while.  Seldom does a minute equal 60 seconds.

We need to protect each of our minutes…patiently.  When we take control of the little things, the minutes, the days of our lives will take care of themselves.   If we only applied this basic truth!  We have little or no control over the major events of our lives.   We, usually, do have some control over the next minute.

The problem is we are often not concerned about the minutes.   In fact, it is not unusual for us to squander our minutes and then we claim we don’t have time for what is important.

Think about yesterday.   Think back.   How many times during the day did you waste, not a minute, but several minutes at a time?    As I urge people to read their Bible, devotionals and to set aside a prayer time, I hear over and over…”I just don’t have the time!”

You do have the time.  It just takes a few minutes.   GOD is important.   GOD is more important than anything else you can think of or do.   Take time to protect your minutes with GOD.

Today’s prayer:  “My FATHER IN HEAVEN, Thank YOU for always having time for me.   Forgive me for not using my time wisely and spending time with YOU.   Help me to focus on the spiritual, physical and emotional guidance that comes from YOU alone.  Amen.”