I’ve begun crocheting again. I thought it might help keep my hands busy and out of the chip bag in the evenings. I have in the past crocheted squares and thought that eventually, I would have enough squares to sew together to make an afghan and that is still my hope. However, since I work without a pattern and I never use the same crochet hook twice, it is very difficult for me to get squares uniform in size. I count the stitches and rows, but depending on my mood it seems, my stitches vary. As I began again, I made a chain that appeared to be the right size when compared to a completed square and I stitched away. As the square got bigger, the more different in size it appeared. I spent the next bit of time, pulling the stitches and rolling the yarn back into a ball. Not to be defeated, I started again, a few more stitches in the initial chain and off we go! I was pleased with how good the patch looked yet the size was wrong again. I once again pulled all the stitches out and rewound the yarn. What did I have to show for myself at the end of the evening? Nothing. I did not complete a single square. I spent an evening accomplishing nothing. I was shocked to realize it.
However, before I picked up the crochet hook, I’m ashamed to admit how many evenings I picked up my smartphone and spent time scrolling Facebook, playing Sodoku and recently enjoying a newly found obsession, BlockuDoku! At the end of the evening, I put my phone on the charger and went to bed. I had not completed anything those evenings either. I had spent an evening and accomplished nothing. It simply didn’t register to me that these two things were the same.
Ephesians 5:15-17 says “So be very careful how you live. Do not live like people who aren’t wise. Live like people who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity. The days are evil. So don’t be foolish. Instead, understand what the Lord wants.”
I don’t know if the Lord wants an afghan or not, but I do know that He wants me to use my time wisely and I’ve been feeling a little nudge lately that playing games on my phone is not necessarily a wise decision.
Are you guilty of wasting time? Do you spend time complaining or gossiping or procrastinating? Watching too much TV, playing video games or surfing the web? Do you lose time looking for lost items because you didn’t put them where they belong in the first place? These are all common ways people waste time. Let’s all remember that our days are numbered. We often say there are only so many hours in a day and that we don’t have enough time, but are we using all of the time we have been gifted wisely or are we throwing it away?
I happen to have a few spare minutes right now, do you think I’ll feel better if I pick up a paintbrush or a cell phone? a broom or a needle? a book or a remote? So many options! I hope I choose a wise one!