Somehow today I started to wonder, “what can you do with three minutes?”

Truthfully, I know how I arrived at the thought. I was swinging by my office to help my husband with something that was only to take a few minutes. Just as I approached his desk he received a phone call. A phone call that went from 1 minute, to 2 minutes, to 3. Well, you get the picture. I stood there for a few moments but the multi-tasking side of me  got the better of me (see Multi-taskings Queen ).

I knew there was something I could do with those three minutes rather than just wait. So I went to my office (we work together!) and I fixed a blog error and then reached out to a few friends via facebook to offer some cheer and encouragement. 3 minutes

Waa-laa…phone call ended and hubby helped me finish up that thing that was only going to take a few minutes and I was on my way to the grocery store.

But those three minutes just stuck with me.

What could I accomplish today in three minutes?

I almost wanted to break out a timer and test the waters! But I did not. I just continued thinking of those three minutes and what I could do with a three minute opportunity.

I can fix fruit- water in under three minutes and I did.

I can unload the dishwasher in about three minutes but I haven’t found those three minutes yet.

I can change the clothes from the washer to the dryer and I did.

I can water the plants I almost let die on the back patio. That’s done.

I can whisper a few one-word prayers.

I can repeat my summer memory challenge verse!

AND, AND, AND. According to yahoo there are these things:

1. Write a song about hippos
2. Check your mail
3. Play a game of doodle jump or fruit ninja
4. Send someone a text
5. Tell your mama you love her
6. Eat a snack
7 Jump up and down 50 times
8. Down just about 60 math problems

So what is my 3 minute point? What real application is there here for you and I? Surely I didn’t want to just waste 3 minutes of our time.

At the end of my thoughts I came to the conclusion that there is so much I can accomplish in three minutes and often that feels like about how much time I have in many situations. So if I apply myself thoughtfully to each minute, each moment, I can achieve a great deal ( And that achievement can be for the good of the day OR the opposite. Because in less than three minutes I can:

Yell at a child. Get angry at a slow sales clerk. Yell at a driver that cuts me off. Ignore that tug at my heart to reach out to a friend. Forget to run an errand for my hardworking hubby.

I want 3 minutes.

Give me three minutes.

I want to slow down and explain the feelings I have with my child who failed to do their chores.

Offer kind words to sales clerk who has three kids at home sick.

I want to smile at the driver that cut me off.

I want to remember my friend who is struggling.

And remember that errand.

Give me 3 good minutes over 3 bad minutes any day!

Joyfully spending my 3 minutes sharing my heart with you~ 3 minutes well spent!


May I always take the minutes God gives and make them moments of praise for the minutes He has given!

May I always take the minutes God gives and make them moments of praise for the minutes He has given!


Subscribe To Our Blog

Join our mailing list to receive the latest posts and news from Faithfully Following Ministries

You have Successfully Subscribed!