My hands brushed over soft fabric. Reds, greys and greens popped out at me. The colours of the season so rich and always right from my colour palette.
I took a sweater off the rack. I could try just one. I found another. And another.
Our monthly clothes budget was more than spent with back to school and fall shopping.
My heart felt torn within me. Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love sweaters. And these colours though!
I was supposed to have run in and out of a store as we didn’t have a lot of time left in the city and I had many other work errands. I snuck to the change rooms to try on just a few things.
Nothing worked. Weird, I thought. Everything always works here. I usually make agonizing decisions over what to take because I love everything I try on.
I felt the whisper in my heart. Money is time. I’ve blessed you with lots of nice stuff this year, but now, money is time and your time is kindness.
I put everything back and tried to find my hustle.
I’ve thought about that phrase “time is money”over the years as we’ve made big career decisions, family choices and taken purposeful pay cuts to follow God and raise our kids together at home.
Time is whatever you use it for. Time is simply the canvas of our lives.
If you choose to live with a time is money mentality, than the your canvas will be simply a quest for wealth and gathering possessions.
Time is also kindness, love, serving others, encouraging, making family memories, supper around the table.
These are the beautiful things that paint our canvas of time rich, deep, vibrant colours that add beauty and depth to our world around us.
We don’t know how big our canvas is. How far it stretches or how much room we have to paint. But we know that there is a border, there is always an end.
The difference between a poverty mindset and living with a money is time mindset is that one focuses on what their money can’t buy and the other focuses on what money can’t buy.
See the difference? One focuses on the lack while the other chooses to live with less to gain more.
I’ve told my husband time and time again: I will live with less for more time with you. I will take a smaller house that we have to renovate, I will share a vehicle, I will meal plan and shop at a thrift store if it means that our time is spent on loving our family, being together and serving the Lord with all our hearts.
I believe this, but sometimes I forget it. Sometimes the “lust for more” in my heart forgets that we have chosen less.
But then have I really? There is nothing in my life that I can think of that I need. Not one thing. Even with more money do you fix the craving of the soul to amass more?
I love in Romans 12:6-8 in the Passion Translation we are encouraged to live a life based on the giftings God has placed in each of us.
God’s marvelous grace imparts to each one of us varying gifts and ministries that are uniquely ours. So if God has given you the grace-gift to prophecy, you must activate your gift using the proportion of faith you have to prophesy. If you grace gift is serving, then thrive in serving others well. If you have the grace-gift of teaching, then be actively teaching and training others. If you have the grace-gift of encouragement, then use it often to encourage others. If you have the grace-gift of giving to meet the needs of others, then may you prosper in your generosity without any fanfare. If you have the gift of leadership, be passionate about your leadership. And if you have the gift of showing compassion, then flourish in your cheerful display of compassion.
Time is simply a canvas, what are you painting on it?