The decisions on how we use our time is a matter of what we value.
Time is an amazing resource. We should wake up every day and recognize what a gift God has given to us. Time is the one resource we can spend but can never get more of. We can make more money, but we cannot make more time.
Time is interesting. The Average American will live 28,000 days (75 years). 23 years sleeping. 17 years working. 11 years watching TV (25 hours a week). 6 years traveling. 1 year in church.
You might be wondering if the Bible says anything about time. Yes it does.
Ephesians 5:15-16 - “ Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
Notice carefully what these verses say…
1. Be careful how you live your life.
These verses teach us that our time is important and to not be frivolous; not to be foolish. Your time is your life.
Live your life on purpose, not on accident. Why should we be careful? Because followers of Christ live in a way to honor God. Everything matters!
2. Be wise about your decisions.
Our problem is not that we don’t have enough time. The problem is that we don’t always use our time wisely. We make poor decisions. And because we make poor decisions, we have increased stress and pressure in our lives.
We all have the same amount of time. That’s not true of money. Some people have a lot money. Some people have very little money. Most people are somewhere in the middle. But when it comes to time every single one of us has the exact same amount. We all get 168 hours each week.
3. Make the most of every opportunity.
The Bible is teaching us how to manage our time in a way that pleases God. Make the most of your opportunities! Find out where your time is going. Are you losing time? Are you wasting time? Where is it going? Identify the time wasters.
Then ask yourself the question… “Is this really how I want to spend my life? Remember your time is your life.” God is only giving you so much. How are you going to use it?
Consider this quote: Effective time management is not about doing more. It’s about doing what matters most.
Time is a gift. Your life is a gift. You and I are managers of the time God has give us. Will you and I choose to use the most valuable resource God has given us for his glory and for his purpose?
I grew up hearing this old quote that is still true today: “Life is short. It will not last, only what’s done for Christ will last!”
Today’s Challenge: Do an inventory of your time. Track your time to determine if you are scheduling your values and your priorities. Decide to honor God with how you invest your time.
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