Finding God's Winning Spirit

Quantity Time

June 29, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional

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I saw one of those religious sponsored commercials on television the other day; you know, the ones that focus on family issues.  This particular spot was encouraging us to sit down as a family and eat one meal a week together.  There are two sad things about this.  First, someone has to remind us to eat together as a family and second, one a week is too low.  Surely, the family eats more than one meal a week together, or do we?

A few days after seeing this commercial I dropped by a local grocery store on the way home from work.  It struck me that the parking lot looked like someone had just yelled, “Gentlemen, start your engines.”  It reminded me of a disturbed ant hill, people were darting to and fro, and cars were speeding in and out.  Everyone was obviously in a hurry.  Where was everyone going?  What was the rush?

For a brief second I saw my environment from the outside.  For an instant, I got a glimpse of how frantic life had become for most.  It was an Alice in Wonderland moment.  “I’m late; I’m late for a very important date!”  I say this was a brief moment because reality set in and I remembered dinner was waiting for the bread that I was here to get.

I was watching a Sci-Fi movie the other night and one of the character’s said, “Here in this world nothing is as valuable as time – it is not something that you can buy back or create more of.”  Wow, sobering thought. To be honest, most of us are not good stewards of our time, after all, we have jobs, soccer practice, karate, dance, scouts, school activities, church functions and homework to teach etc. 

This is where the term “quality time” came from.  “Quality time” is our way of saying, “I do not have a lot of time to spend here so I will designate this brief time as “awesome time” – time that is special and packed full of “meaningful stuff.”  I have noticed after years of hearing this as a therapist and using this as a parent, it means nothing more than, “I am busy, what?”  

There is no substitute for “quantity time”; free time to do nothing in particular; time to be creative, time to be with family, time to talk and eat together and time to pray and listen for God.

“Quality time” is a parental term we invented to convince ourselves that we could do more with less – “quantity time”, that’s what I long for.

I'm agree. One must give time necesary ti do The Kingdom of God in our home
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