How can time be our friend this year?

Brad M. Griffin

How often do you think about time as your friend? 

We use all kind of words to talk about time and the ways we experience it:

  • Wasting time
  • Just in time
  • Take your time
  • Managing time
  • Time is money (and therefore we can “spend,” “make,” “burn,” “invest” it)
  • I don’t have time

 Most of our talk about time is negative. 

But can time also be our friend? Can it be a companion on our journey? And can our approach to time help us create rhythms in which to pace our lives and our ministries differently this year?

Author Dorothy Bass urges, “We need to learn a richer language than the language of [time] management. We need to develop life patterns that get us through our days not only with greater efficiency but also with greater authenticity as human beings created in God’s image.” 1  

These questions are some of the questions behind the new Sticky Faith Every Day series we will begin releasing this week. Part of why we’re so excited to share this curriculum and set of resources is because we need them ourselves

We need reminders to think about time differently. 

We need reminders to consider how we notice God in the midst of moments, days, weeks, and seasons.

We need to start the new year considering how we pace our lives alongside God’s pace for us. 

Will you join us in this quest? 

What helps you think about—and live within—time in more hopeful ways? How do you help young people do the same?


  1. Dorothy Bass, Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000), xiii).
Published Jan 07, 2013
Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is also the coauthor of Sticky Faith ​and Deep Justice Journeys. A native Kentucky youth pastor, Brad now lives in Southern California with his wife Missy and their three children.

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