Small Moments Missed

“…making the most of every opportunity for the days are evil.” — Ephesians 5:16 {NIV}

{the following is an excerpt from Ann Voskamp’s amazing & inspirational blog, A Holy Experience. This post is titled “One Simple Secret to Effective Time Management this Week”… don’t we all need a little more of that?!? And as usual, Ann puts it in a way that impacts us all. She has a beautiful gift.}


“When I turn  down Creamery Road, I pass, yeah, surprising —  the old creamery. Pass the the creamery that’s now abandoned, the window eyes all punched out.

How did they all look, those silvery pails of milk that once lined up by the door, their tins lid hats pulled on tight, so not one white drop spilled.

But isn’t as much milk lost through a pinhole here, a pinhole there, one little drip lost after another — as in the knocking over the whole silly pail?

That is what follows me all the way home:

A pail with a pinhole loses as much as the pail pushed right over. A whole life can be lost in minutes wasted, small moments missed.

I unpack the van, haul in the door with baggage of my own. I’ve messed things up today and focused on the unhelpful and ugly instead of the beautiful and beneficial.

I don’t know why I waste time with worry in a life that’s too short to lose.

Regret and crying over spilled milk only pokes more hole in the pail.

Wwalking in the door. The house is so full of life.

I put bags down on the counter.

Hope shows me her knitting. The stitches feel like hope.

The boys explode raucous over this game of chess by the fire — yep, the likes of us make even chess into a rowdy, contact sport here. Then sit with Shalom for a moment with all these strings and knots of her own that she’s determined to make into something warm. The hands on clocks are always bound hands: You are the only one who gets to decide what you’ll do with your time.

Stir soup. Bank lasagnas away in the freezer. Watch Mama slip her silver needle through the weave, minute thread flashing, tying through it all. Mind the moments and life will take care of itself.

I don’t want to lose a full life by letting the minutes leak away.

‘A pail with a pinhole loses as much as the pail pushed right over. A whole life can be lost in minutes wasted, small moments missed.’

How we spend our time now — determines what gift we’ll get to unwrap for all of eternity.

There’s no time for fleeting distractions… and there’s time to turn everything quiet and simply focus on his eyes, the depth of his eyes, when he’s telling me what happened, and to make that call and answer her big question and get that one card to the mail and laugh at the 1,983rd knock-knock joke before that last kid walks out the door.

The best use of time is to freely love.
The best way to love is to spend time.
The best time to love is always right now.

And Grace? Grace is strong enough to carry not only what you’ve done, but what you never got done, the things that can weigh heaviest of all.

I could catch the moments, the milk of the moments all here, the graces falling, His saving grace catching me — once again,

…these gleaming pots right full to the brim.”


May your heart be blessed today in the middle of your week. Wherever you are, whatever you are dealing with, His grace is strong enough to carry not only what you have done, but what you never got done too. Those big, big things that weigh the heaviest of all. Remember that life’s little moments and the simple ways we choose to spend our time determines the gifts we enjoy throughout eternity.

What a sweet thought…

Blessings for you today!



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2 thoughts on “Small Moments Missed

    1. Jamie Post author

      I know! Isn’t she the best!?! Such a wonderful reminder here in another busy week in a busy life. Her writing is so uplifting and inspiring.


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