Every day God gives us a precious gift of 86,400 seconds. These seconds tick by and then they are gone forever. God tells us that we are to make the best use of the time. (Ephesians 5:16 – Make use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days.)
and Colossians 4:5 (Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.). Good News Study Bible
Every day is FILLED with opportunities. There are opportunities to learn, opportunities to help others, opportunities to tell others about the Lord, opportunities to obey parents, opportunities to trust the Lord, etc. Every day is LOADED with opportunities. Are you missing out on these opportunities or are you making the most of them?
Every day God gives each one of us 1440 minutes: Now listen for one Minute.
I have only just a minute,
only sixty seconds in it,
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it;
didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it;
But it’s up to me to use it. Author Unknown
I must suffer if I lose it,
Give account if I abuse it.
It is only just a minute,
BUT ETERNITY IS IN IT!
Spending time with God is a given, so I’m going to put a different spin on the concept of TIME.
My view is that Teamwork Involves (Involvement) Motivation & Effort.
Team work happens in the following way:
Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success. Henry Ford
When facing a big task, we may get through it by giving ourselves a pep talk along the lines of I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me or by pushing through on determination alone, but here’s a reminder that we don’t have don’t have to do anything alone.
Being in a Ministry is an easy way to grasp the concept of teamwork. When you operate as part of a team in which there is passion and commitment, you can’t help but make a difference in the church and in the world.
Think about these five questions.
- Outside of Sunday morning activities, d’you talk to the people who are part of your Ministry on any other day of the week?
- Do the other people in your Ministry know where or how to find you if they need to make urgent contact with you?
- Do you spend a few minutes after Mass to chit-chat and find out if anything special is being planned, or are you so focused on the hundred things you have to do at home in the few hours you have left in the weekend, that you leave immediately after Mass?
- Do people know they can depend on you if they need your help?
- If you aren’t in church for a few weeks, will people know you aren’t here? (Have you ever had anybody say to you ‘I haven’t seen this or that person in a long while, I wonder what happened to him/her’ and you don’t have a clue who the person is talking about ?)
If you answered no to 3 out of the 5 questions, that’s not so good, but with each new day, we have new opportunities. Get involved.
It’s hard to be eager to take on anything new when we already feel time is so limited, but think about the things that you’re good at. Can you sing well? Do you play an instrument well? Do you write well? Are you good with graphics? D’you have a green thumb? Can you sew? D’you have a bubbly personality, so that people are comfortable around you? Think about your talents and unique qualities and let that help guide you to the Ministry where they can best be ulitized.
If you’re not quite sure how God can use you, talk to him. When you’re ready to move on His behalf, He’ll position you exactly where you can make a difference.
I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I stopped for about twenty years and I only remembered that I have a talent for writing when I wanted to make extra money.
I make limited money from writing, but nowadays, I write because I enjoy it, and somehow without much persuasion, I got roped in to help with the Good Shepherd newsletter.
Think about your talents. Thank God for them and then use them for His glory. The result will be all the motivation you need to keep going.
Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi (Famous Football Coach, and incidentally a Catholic)
No matter how small you think your effort is, what’s important is that you make a contribution. Each time we give of ourselves, we give to each other and by extension, we give to God.
Think about how good you feel when your children do something that makes you really proud of them. It may be a gift, or maybe one of them simply say how much they love you and appreciate what you do for them.
I believe that God feels the same way about us and that He’s extra proud when He sees the effort we put into building his kingdom, even when we don’t feel like it and even when we don’t think we’re making much of a difference. God is able, and He is the difference we need for our effort s to make a lasting impact.
I’m not sure how many Catholic High Schools still have Ministry programmes, but for those who have children enrolled in schools that still have these programmes, I’d encourage you to have your children getting used to the idea of serving others by being part of a Ministry.
My brothers and sisters – “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”
I was invited to both the Ministries I’m part of. Don’t wait for an invitation. Find a ministry that complements your talents.
Spend time to develop and renew your relationship your fellow workers in God’s vineyard. Time is a created thing. (Meaning we make time for the things we want to do) To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to.” LAO TZU,
In closing, I’ll ask the music ministry to demonstrate the kind of thing that God allows to happen when there is Teamwork, Involvement, Motivation & Effort.
HE HAS DONE MARVELLOUS THINGS
Have a wonderful day in Christ.
“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.”