Making the Most of Time

“[Jesus] left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’ (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?’ (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)  Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?‘  Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.’” John 4:3-11,13-15

Jesus always made the most of His time. He made use of His thirst to place Himself at the well. He made use of His encounter with the Samaritan woman to exhibit unprejudiced love to an otherwise ‘outcast.’ He made use of conversation to offer living water and change her life. Forever. An ordinary day turned extraordinary when every minute was used and opportunity taken.

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We live in unusual times, when emotions are feverish and opinions acerbic. Fear of the unknown is tangible, encounters rife with tension between kindness and caution. Making the most of such times can effect a world of difference for thirsty, fretting individuals at the world’s well.

Do we avoid or deliberately pass through Samarias– places and conversations that may be awkward or uncomfortable? How willing are we to risk others’ condemnation? Will we look for ways that our own needs can tune us into the greater, deeper needs of others? Do we ask God to help us turn ordinary chatter into relevant conversation, and do what we can to bring significance to the seemingly insignificant? With many thirsty for hope and meaning, to whom will we reach out with living water and true life?

My Lord, impel me daily to do Your will, and accomplish Your intended work wherever I am. Help me make the most of every opportunity, to redeem the moments You give, for the eternal good of others and the glory You deserve. (John 4:34; Ephesians 5:16-17; Colossians 4:5-6)

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