Have you ever stared at the clock because it’s the end of a long day at work or school or any other place that takes up your day? You wish that time would speed up because you are ready to get out of there – You’ve got places to be and dozens of things to do.
But have you ever stopped to think what each tick on that clock signifies?
It means that another moment in time is gone FOREVER!
You can never get it back.
Which means a lot of things:
- Another second less of life
- One less moment to use to accomplish your mission on earth
- A missed opportunity to spend with those you love
- For some of us, it means another wrinkle and another gray hair
- One less chance to glorify God here on earth
- Another missed opportunity to share the love of God with someone else
I have heard many people talking about time and how disciplined they are managing their time. They are meticulous and painstakingly detailed about what and where they spend those precious fleeting ticks and tocks on a clock.
And if you went through the list above, you can see why some people would be so determined in trying to be wise and fruitful with every second they get.
The understand how fragile time is and how precious it is. They want to squeeze every second for what it has to offer.
The most precious resource
Time, it is one of our most valuable resources. And at the same time, it is also a limited resource.
Yes, there are other resources that are extremely important. But none are so fleeting his time.
And as Christ followers, we should be most meticulous and thoughtful as to how we use our time.
We should guard every precious second as the infinite gift that it is?
But the opposite is the unfortunate truth.
This coming from a guilty conscience.
Confessions of a Time Waster
I will confess I am probably the worst time waster.
If people could see my life for a 24 hours period that might say that Procrastination is one of my spiritual gifts.
Too often I would rather do busy work like:
- Check emails
- Browse through some social platform
- Surf the web for “helpful” resources”
- Catch up on a Netflix series
- Read about being productive
- (Here is a common Christian busy work) Pray about it
- Yes, praying should be central to our lives. But it shouldn’t be used as an excuse for inactivity.
- Make endless goals, to-do-lists, and plans
The sad part is that normally I am aware that I am choosing to do things that won’t actually help with the end goal, and I still choose to them because it gives me the “feeling” that I am being productive.
Changing how you think about time
So hopefully you are realizing how important time is and want to live more intentional.
I want to give two thoughts to help you with that.
1. Your days are numbered
How much time do you have?
Enough?…. Not enough?
Well, no one knows how much time they will get.
Therein lays the gamble and the urgency.
In essence, you get as much time as the person next to you.
- 86,400 seconds in a day
- 604,800 seconds in a week
- 31,536,000 seconds in a year
- 2,207,520,000 seconds in a lifetime
But the catch is it’s not promised to anyone.
Only God knows how much time you have.
God said that e has our days numbered
In Job 14:5, Job expresses what he had learned about how much time he had on earth, “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”
2. God also says that we should do the works he has prepared for us.
Ephesians 2:10 Says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
One way that you can be intentional in not wasting time is by looking for the good works that God has prepared for you.
God gave you skills, talents and abilities to accomplish certain goals in life and then He prepared specific ways and places for you to use them in.
Now, you just need to look for ways to get into action.
Don’t procrastinate on things that you are not gifted to do. There are others whose gifts are tailored to those tasks.
Find those good works that line up with God’s glory, your passions, and your abilities.
And then get to it.
It’s easier to waste time but very dangerous
There’s a story in the Bible in Matthew 25 that gives a warning about not faithfully stewarding what God has entrusted you with. The story is about three people that are given an opportunity and required to give a return on that investment.
Out of the three, there was one servant who chose to just bury his one talent and return it “safely” back to God. But that is not what God wanted.
God expected the servant to take advantage of time and to use the time to his advantage.
We see this when the master says to his servant that he should have at least put the amounts entrusted to him in the bank and let it accrue interest.
Even though God has laid out specific tasks for you and good deeds for you to do there’s a chance that you can waste your life.
Here is a simplified way to think about this: Investment + Time = Gain
Take advantage of the time you have been given. Every second is a gift from God.
What are ways you are procrastinating?
Are there any time-wasters that you can eliminate immediately?
Do your gifts line up with what you spend most of your time on?