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As we welcome the new year, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 shares that we shouldn’t just fill our time with activity, but that we should fill it with purpose.

Weekly devotional: Mind your time

Jan. 10, 2022

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
E aʻo mai ʻoe i ka helu i ko mākou mau lā.
I komo mai ai ke akamai i loko o ko mākou naʻau.
- Nā Halelū 90:12

So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
- Psalm 90:12

He manaʻo o ke kahu
As a kahu, one of my greatest nightmares is missing an appointment or double booking a wedding or other key life event. To stay organized, I keep everything on my online calendar so I can view it on any of my devices- phone, laptop, or iPad. I’ll squeeze as much as I can into my days. Even though I tried to set aside this past winter break to spend with my family, I had to fly back and forth between Maui and Honolulu on both Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Eve. Though it was truly busy, was it a wise use of time?

The Psalmist challenges us to number our days or consider what we do with our time. Are we being productive or just keeping busy? Do we have purpose to our time? It’s not just counting our days, but also making our days count. When we can do this, we will become akamai or wise.

If there is anything that these past two years have shown us about time, is that we never know when things will change. What we thought was certain, became uncertain. We were not longer in control of that which we thought we were masters of. So many lives were taken unexpectedly. Recognize the time that we have with those who we are closest to for you don’t really know how much longer we will have with them.

That also means to take time off to be renewed and refreshed. Iesū did this regularly so his mind, body, and spirit could be made new. It brought him into alignment with the will of ke Akua. To do so, is true wisdom. So be sure to weave in that time into your own life and you will be blessed.

As we begin a new year, consider your days. Don’t just fill it with activity. Fill it with purpose. Do the things that will count, the things that are worthwhile. Number your days so you have may have a heart of wisdom.

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