Reflecting from verses 1 and 2 on the importance of placing our time within God’s bigger picture, what are some ways you can do that, and how might that shape our perspective on time?
Reflecting from verses 3-6 and 9-10 on the passing nature of time, and the reality that our time is limited rather than unlimited, what difference might that make to how we steward the time God has entrusted to us?
Reflecting from verse 12 on how we need to pursue wise use of time, what are some of the challenges for you in doing that? For example, this could include the challenge of distractions, or of delaying things you should be attentive to sooner rather than later, or of wasting time, or of haste (where you don’t slow down enough for rest and renewal time)
Reflecting from verses 14-15 and 17, how do these verses show us what characterises our life when we steward well the time God has entrusted us with?
Take some time to reflect on the following prayer written by Japanese poet Toki Miyashina
Psalm 23 for Busy People
The Lord is my Pace Setter, I shall not rush, He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals, He provides me with images of stillness, Which restore my serenity. He leads me in ways of efficiency, through calmness of mind; and his guidance is peace. Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day, I will not fret, for his presence is here. His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance. He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity, by anointing my head with his oils of tranquility, My cup of joyous energy overflows. Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours, For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord, and dwell in his house for ever.