Captain Hook Was Right
Make Your Life Mirror – Captain Hook Was Right
You can’t tame it. You can’t get it back once it’s gone. And under no circumstances can you make it stop. The past few weeks, it’s felt like my nemesis. And you know what I’ve decided? Captain Hook was right all along – the dreaded crocodile is the greatest of all enemies. While playing the piano for one of my daughter’s many shows, “Peter Pan,” I blogged about “The Croc and The Clock.” The crocodile, which claimed Hook’s right hand, taunts and terrorizes Hook. Once the crocodile swallows a clock, the “tick-tock” warns of its arrival, to Hook’s utter dismay.
The lesson? Try as we may, we can’t outrun time.
The croc and the clock create the chance to live every day like it’s our last.
About a week ago, I stopped counting time in days. I moved to counting in hours, and literally minutes. Last Friday, my son left for a trip to Florida. By the time he returns, we will be on the road, van packed to the gills, as we take our daughter to college. I actually slowed down typing those words. As if somehow typing them slower will make it less real, or less painful. Don’t get me wrong; I’m thrilled for her to launch into this new chapter in life. She’s worked hard and I can’t wait to see all God has for her. But it’s HARD. In those moments leading up to my son telling his sister good-bye, I felt sick. Nauseated. Hot. Dizzy. Disoriented.
That’s the best way I can describe this season of life: disorienting. Up feels down and most days I feel sideways. But God is faithful, and He is giving me the grace I need for each moment. Perhaps you’re in a different season of your life, yet regardless, we all have one thing in common: time stands still for no one.
Do I wish I could go back? Do some things over? Sure. Some days.
Do I wonder if I did enough? Was I enough? Sure. Most days.
Do I worry if she’ll be okay, get enough sleep, and carve out a new life? Sure. Just about every day.
Change can be disorienting. It demands that we learn to depend on God in completely new ways. It also teaches us to value time and make the most of every moment. I’m up late most nights now, cramming in Netflix episodes of Parks and Rec, laughing with my daughter. I dread that croc, I tell you. Captain Hook was right – it’s the one thing we can’t escape. Yet, we can make something amazing of every moment. We can treasure every day like it’s our last.
This week, I’m including part of the blog I wrote nearly two years ago – exactly one week before I took my daughter to her first college visit. Here I sit, just one week away from taking my daughter to college. Where, where, where, where, where did the time go?
We all fight that croc. If you want to “Make Your Life Mirror” the truth of God’s Word, Hebrews 12:1-2 gives us 4 keys to help us establish and honor healthy boundaries when it comes to the treasure of time.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
- Hurdles that Hinder – We are encouraged to throw off everything that hinders. Both external and internal obstacles can get in the way of the path God has planned. Fear, distractions and procrastination are among the many potential hurdles that can hinder us. Even good things can rob of us God’s best and keep us from budgeting our time wisely. If you tend to have an overcommitted schedule, learn to say no in order to say yes. Good is the enemy of best. If you need help disciplining your schedule, start asking yourself, “Is this a good thing or a God-thing?” The Holy Spirit will guide you.
- Tangled Up – Nothing will steal your time quicker than sin. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that sin can easily tangle us up. The boundaries God establishes in His Word are for our benefit. Entertaining sin of any kind – jealousy, bitterness, immorality, or dishonesty, just to name a few – will keep you tangled up and ineffective. Thankfully, God has made a way for us! Forgiveness and a fresh start are a prayer away.
- Run, Baby, Run – Trials and adversity provide fertile ground for the dangerous lies of the enemy. If we believe his lies, we get stuck. Before you know it, you’ve lost years of your life. Don’t take your running shoes off. Purpose to persevere by trusting the character of God. Keep running your race.
- Fix our eyes on Jesus – While climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2011, I hit a wall on the 5th day due to severe altitude sickness. I honestly didn’t think I could take another step. A guide got in front of me and uttered these simple words, “Follow my steps. Follow my pace”. He led me up that steep incline to my personal summit at 15,000 feet. Jesus is your pace-setter. Keep your eyes on Jesus and He will guide you every step of the way. Don’t run aimlessly or selfishly, but intentionally behind Jesus, your ultimate guide.
This week, I’m measuring out time in nano-seconds and holding those I love pretty close. Can I encourage you to do the same? Invest your time in others and in things that have eternal value. Captain Hook was right – time may just be the most precious commodity we have. Let’s spend it wisely; it’s about time. 🙂
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