There is a tendency in our culture, or perhaps just in our generation, to go about saying that we don’t have time for such and such activity or venture. We stop ourselves from doing so many things by writing it off as something we simply don’t have time to do.
I don’t have time for grad school.
I don’t have time for a writing job.
I don’t have time to go to that party.
I don’t have time to write a book.
I don’t have time to date.
If you pause for a second, I am sure you can come up with your own list of things you’ve said – even in the last month – that you don’t have time for.
When I was growing up, my mom gave me one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard in my life: you have time for what you make time for. The more life throws at me – marriage, motherhood, working from home, etc. – the more I realize how true her advice is.
You have the same amount of time as anyone else, but it comes down to how you use and prioritize that time. When we say we don’t have time for something, what we are really saying is that whatever that thing is isn’t actually a priority or isn’t worth prioritizing.
For example, I’ve been putting off fixing up the book by saying that I didn’t have time for it. I’m a wife and mother now, but when I wrote it, I was single and had all the time in the world. What I’ve discovered in the last two months since I’ve actually started editing it again is that I do have time for it, I just never made the time before because it wasn’t enough of a priority.
There are a long list of things that I can think of that I’d love to do but I always say I never have the time. The reality is that that isn’t true. I’ve got just as much time as I make for whatever projects I set my mind to. Unlike when I was single, I can’t lock myself in a room until I finish a chapter of the book. The progress may be slower than I would like, but the book is getting an overhaul because I’m making it a priority. I’ve set the goal of working on it for two hours a week and it is getting done.
As it turns out, as she always was, mom was right: you have time for what you make time for.
What goals, projects, or dreams have you been putting off because you don’t have time? What other things are taking up your time that you could spend on your dream? If you really, really want to do something – grad school, date, write a book, blog more, etc. – I’m a firm believer that you’ll find the time, even if that means cutting back on something else for a while. Let’s commit to not giving up on our dreams or life goals simply because we don’t have the time. It is time to make time.
If God puts those hopes, desires, and dreams on your heart, make time for them because chances are those goals He’s given you are for His glory. May He be glorified in the things you give your time to.