As we set our clocks back an hour tonight, another season is upon us. I am reflecting back on this past season; I think to myself, did I do all I could have, did I accomplish my goals, and more importantly, did I impact others in a positive way? There is a saying, “Time is an equal opportunity employer” we all have the same 24 hours in a day, yet many of us waste precious time each and everyday. What do we waste time on?
Have you taken an inventory on the time you are given, is your time producing a profit for you? Do you have a good ROI (return on investment)? In other words, what we do with our time God has given to each of us is important and we are all to do our best with what is given to each. There is so much more that each of us can do with our time. It truly is about others, our priorities are often in an upside down or all scrambled. In society, many are in the thought process, it is all about me; my time is mine and I will do as I please, with regard to anyone else. The one who gives us our time is the Lord, we can believe this or not, it is the Truth. The Lord is the one who created us and is the one who allows our time to continue, this very fact should be a wake up call for all of us. There is so much more I would like to do, yet it seems I don’t have the time. Do you feel this way? We still have 24 hours in a day, this doesn’t mean that we have to stay awake longer each day, it is what we do with our waking hours that is so important.
We cannot change what is already gone, time waits for no one. It is what we can do with our next minute, our next hour that makes a difference. None of us are promised to live another minute, I don’t want to come across in a negative way, but a positive one. I would like to live life to the fullest, but for this to happen, my priorities need to be in check. I will go back to the question earlier in this post. What do we waste time on?
Do you have a clear path that is laid out for your day? Yes, things get in the way, but are we easily distracted or are we focused on what is important? I struggle with time waste in the area of letting my job sometimes consume my thoughts, which distract me. Again our way to make a living is important, yet it is NOT the most important. What we put in our minds will take over our time, so what are you allowing to infiltrate your thoughts. The Bible tells us to put the Lord first, is He the one who your thoughts are on, the Bible also states that His Word is a light unto our paths, so simply stating, if our thoughts are on Him, our priorities will be in check if we allow Him to take control.
I would like to put a perspective on our time. I am reading a book by Dr. Rod Mattoon ” Treasures From Scripture Volume One ” in his book he mentions what is written in a book entitled Time for God from Leslie Weatherford, who pastored the City Temple in London for twenty-five years. Weatherford helps us to number our days by mathematically calculating a “one-day lifetime” for a person living an average life span. (His calculations are actually for only the waking hours of 6:00am to 11:00pm).
If you’re fifteen years old, it is 10:25 in the morning. If you are 20, it’s 11:34 am, if you are 25, the time is 12:42 in the afternoon. It’s 1:51 p.m. for a 30- year-old. At 35 it’s 3:00 p.m. If you are 40, it is 4:00 p.m. At 45 the clock reads 5:16 p.m. For a person of 50, it’s 6:25 p.m. It’s 7:34 p.m. for those at 55. A 60-year-old is looking at 8:42 p.m. Retiring at 65 means it’s 9:51 p.m. and if you’re 70, it is 11:00 p.m.
Look at the clock and live each day to the fullest! One thing you can learn by watching the clock is that it passes the time by keeping its hands busy. Stay busy for God!
Make each and every minute count.