Desert Father: Time

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Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

An old man said, ‘If you have not gold or silver, you can find something in place of what you lost. However, if you lose time you cannot replace what you lost.'”

A Desert Father in Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers, trans. Yushi Nomura (Garden City: Doubleday, 1982) 47.

As I continue to explore voices from the early church and desert fathers, I continue to be inspired by their simplicity and clarity. Today the reminder is to steward time wisely.

In that light, time is a great gift we can give others. Sometimes we “spend” time just by being with people or perhaps in helping them with a task or responsibility.

The Apostle Paul, and later this unnamed desert father, reminds us to make the most of the time we have. We do this because time is priceless. Once lost it cannot be regained.

How will you use the time you have today? I am going to visit my neighbor, Ken, to encourage him. Can you think of one new way you could use time generously?