As we enter the final month of 2017 and begin to wind up the year, for many it is a time of introspection. A chance to consider what has happened and consider what we hope for in 2018.

Did 2017 deliver? Did it live up to what you had hoped for? To what you had planned when the clock struck 12 and the year magically transformed from 2016 to 2017?

At the start of this year I shared a message at church about our time garden. That each of our seconds, minutes, and hours are seeds and we choose how we wish to plant them.

So, were you diligent with yours? Did you continue to plant the seeds that would deliver the results?

A year is a long time, 525,600 minutes.

When presented with that huge number representing time it seems a significant amount can be achieved – and yet, maybe like me, you still didn’t lose that weight, achieve that fitness, change that job, sort those finances, shake that addictive behaviour.

In Matthew 17:20, Jesus says “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”.

I have reflected on these words a lot lately.

We all want the results, but few are prepared to put in the effort. We aspire to great goals, but many will not persevere, endure, to continue until the finish.

We live in a world that is instantaneous, immediate gratification. The slightest delay a major irritation, an interruption is like the end of the world. We frantically rush around but without any target.

As we come to the end of 2017 and reflect on our hopes for 2018; consider that a seed takes time to develop, take root, strengthen, and grow into its full potential … it takes time.

As the clock rolls over in just a few weeks’ time, consider the 525,600 minutes that are presented to us. How will we use them? How will we invest them?