Thursday, August 11, 2005

Redeeming the Time . . .

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15,16


These verses have been running through my mind today. In their context, their primary application doesn't apply to housework, but I believe that we can make application to our homes.

The word circumspectly means "cautious." We're to live carefully; maybe you could even say on purpose. Live purposefully. To redeem something means to buy it back. So, to apply this to our homemaking and FLYing . . . our routines help us to walk carefully, on purpose, through our days. When we get up in the morning, we have a plan in place to start our day, and at night we have a plan to wrap up our day and prepare for the next. We have afternoon routines to help us transition from the morning to afternoon and dinner time.

Our routines also help us to redeem (buy back) our time! Following a routine each day for cleaning up the kitchen after meals helps me to clean up in 15 minutes right after a meal, rather than it taking 2 hours the next day, because I've let it pile up for 3 meals. Let's see . . . that's 45 minutes today, in 15-minute increments (after each meal), compared to 120 minutes (and a lot of stress) tomorrow. Just one routine - cleaning up after each meal - saves me an hour and 15 minutes to do something else, like playing with my kids, playing the piano, visiting with a friend, reading, studying . . . any number of things that I'd rather be doing than cleaning my kitchen! That one routine redeems 75 minutes of my time!

I wholeheartedly believe that biblical principles can be lived out in our everyday lives. I'm so glad that the Lord allowed me to find a way to learn how I can live on purpose and redeem my time!

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