When Push Comes To Shove

Friday was not one of my better days when it came to patience. Normally I'm pretty even-keeled, but a series of events pushed me over the edge and I'm not proud of it at all. And it was all over wasting my time.

My time is incredibly precious to me, just as yours is to you I'm sure. If you'll remember, one of my e-mail accounts was hacked a few weeks ago. If you don't remember, click back on my post from September 20. The hacker sent out e-mail from my account that were definitely not from me. So I wasted several hours of my time sending apology e-mails to everyone in my contact list and closing the account.

On Friday I received an e-mail message from a church member and friend that these spam e-mails were still being sent and my name was still attached. I was irate because I was now going to have to take the time to do this all over again. On top of it, my agitation increased when the mail provider made it incredibly difficult to register a complaint. I've had to repent of the evil thoughts I had about them...

Now, when push comes to shove I'll invest whatever time is necessary to make things right, complete a task or help someone who needs it. The difference is when someone evil doing something evil attacks not only my privacy but my time. You know as well as I do that women are balancing enough on their plate as it is. When my time is getting used up cleaning up the mess from someone who doesn't know me, doesn't care what affect they have on me or the horrible amount of time I've spent on them, I get a little perturbed.

So I've been deep in thought this weekend about my time. God has created 24-hour days, 7-day weeks and 365-day years for a reason. We must protect every precious moment that He has blessed us with and use it to His honor and glory. If that means I'm serving the Lord while fixing this e-mail problem, then I should do it with gladness. If it means serving Him while balancing my plates, then I will. Our goal every day should be spend our time on His path and keep from being a hindrance to anyone else on theirs.

When push comes to shove, that's time well spent.

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