During the week I’ve had a chance to have lunchtimes with groups of Service Partners who donate time to our shared effort. In the process I heard the Director of our volunteer teams express her conviction that the gift of time is far more precious than a gift of money— because there are ways of getting more money—but no way to get more time.
Her comment caused me to think about how casual and careless I’m inclined to be about time—sometimes as if it is worth nothing.
The point is not that we always have to be doing something. No less than the 23rd Psalm reminds us that one of the wonderful things our Great Shepherd does for us is to “make us to lie down in green pastures” and to “restore our souls”.
But I’ve been reminded again this week that the “why”, “what”, and “how” of both work and rest depends on something that has been entrusted to us—being, by its very nature, far more valuable than we might think…
Priceless while we have it… more precious when it’s gone.