Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from one of CTA’s most popular women’s ministry devotion books, Woman of God®: Living Loved. The gifts and resources in this theme focus on Jeremiah 31:3. You’ll find gifts like a bracelet, a tote bag, and several other great items to inspire women in faith. Plus, CTA also offers a FREE retreat guide in this theme. It’s perfect for a fall event!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God (Philippians 4:6 ESV).

We stood in line, waiting to check out. It was the Express Lane but obviously in name only. In front of me stood three other customers. We waited our turns, but the line simply was not moving.

The man in front of me anxiously looked at his watch. Three times. Then he abruptly wrenched his cart to the left and made a beeline for a different lane.

The woman who now stood second in line in front of me glanced at her phone, checking the time. Quickly reconsidering her two purchases, she glanced at me apologetically. Then she placed her items—a tube of mascara and small box of eyeshadow colors—on the shelf between the candy bars and mint gum and left the store. Time is more valuable than beauty, I smiled.

No matter. Because now I was next!

That’s when I noticed her—the elderly woman just checking out. She wore support hosiery and black, sensible shoes under her faded print dress. The clerk smiled, handing her a small bag. “See you tomorrow!” the clerk said, as the customer walked away. Then, in a hushed voice, she confided, “She comes in almost every day. I think she’s lonely.”

As my items bleep across the price scanner, I’m thinking: lonely. She’s lonely. I’m in a big, big hurry, but she’s lonely. Suddenly my priorities are reshuffled and straightened out. My frustration at having to wait fades. I smile. Love is more important than time.

Everyone has the same 24 hours each day. That’s 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds! Put that way, there seems to be a lot of time. How long did it take the clerk to share a little love with that woman? A minute? Probably less. How do some people actually find the time to show love? It’s a matter of priorities.

 

But when so many people need love—especially the love that Christ offers—how do we decide when and how to love all those around us? When we ask Jesus to point out the opportunities, he will! The one who died in everlasting love for you will teach you to slow down and take time to love.

Prayer starter: Lord, as I use the time you give me . . .

 

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