There was a time in my life (about sophomore/junior year of high school) where I was extremely unhappy. I stopped believing that God was there for me and that I was ready for my time on Earth to stop, I felt very confident that my time on Earth was useless and even contemplated ending my life. One day I remember attending a twelve step meeting and hearing two really influential phrases: “Let Go, Let God” and “One step at a time”. I was baffled by these two phrases. What do they mean? Well, like many things in life and especially in most twelve step groups, these phrases have relative meanings to people. To me, though, the “Let Go, Let God” means that I am limited in what I can control and God will take care of me if I toss what I cannot control to him.
“One step at a time” is a powerful saying! Remember time moves whether we like it or not. The slogan “One step at a time” reminds me to not rush my time away. Every second that I am not dead in the grave, I try to remember that I have been fortunate with the time God has given me. Time is a precious thing that you can never get back once it has left.
Time has brought me many things once I understood it was a priceless gift. In 21 years of life, I have been blessed to have great peace from my former abusive lifestyle, have had people offer me positions at various places without having to put in an application, made friends that I care about and know that they care for me, and a family that supports me and my decisions. If I didn’t stop and learn to appreciate time, I do not know if I would have been blessed as I am today.
I remember reflecting upon the life of Jesus of Nazareth. He comprehended that his time on Earth was short, but he lived his life every day without regret. Every day he performed miracles, preached the goodness of our heavenly father, and bettered the lives of those around him. There was never one moment he wished time would slow down or regretted making the decision to pay for the sins of the world. Jesus of Nazareth is a true role model on how to appreciate the time we have on Earth. I am not saying we need to be exactly like Jesus, but approach time the way he did with appreciation and respect.
Remember God and time are immortal and will be there with us no matter if we ask it to slow down or speed up. We cannot control many things in this world, whether we dislike it or are okay with it. Appreciate the time that you are given because it may surprise you with many blessings just like how time blessed me with a multitude of gifts.