Josh McDowell used to say “Love is spelled T_I_M_E.” He said that as it related to raising children, but the principle applies to all relationships.
Today I went to a friend’s house who invited me over to celebrate my birthday (which we were actually celebrating about a month late due to our schedules).
When I saw the spread at the table, I thought of the time that went into it…making yummies that I can eat with my food sensitivities, selecting gifts, and no doubt cleaning up to make the atmosphere as nice as it could be. Even a lovely Christmas flower to take home, which took some time to shop for.
T-I-M-E. It’s a rare thing. There’s nothing wrong with giving facebook birthday greetings, that can make a person feel special. But it is, after all, just a push of a button.
Rick Warren said this:
“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.”
Notice that I mentioned that my friend and I had to wait a month to get together. So I’m not saying that we always drop everything and spend time with people. Rather, we do plan that time into our schedule as it becomes possible. And how wonderfully we can bless someone when we don’t show up huffing and puffing and thinking about the next thing on our to-do list, but rather, we give our full and undistracted attention to the person in front of us.
Love is spelled T_I_M_E. In fact “sparkle” is also spelled T_I_M_E. Spend time with God, with friends, with family. Give your full attention, make them know they are important…because they are!