Everyone rich or poor, famous or unknown person has exactly 1,440 minutes a day, 168 hours in a week, 8,760 hours in a year and 657,000 hours in a lifetime of 75 years. No one alive has any more time each day than anyone else.
Our world is like a clockmaker’s shop, with thousands of timepieces forever ticking. For some life is just starting, for some it is half over, and others are running down and will soon be stopped.
Time moves in a relentless way as the earth rotates, the planets spin around in their orbit, the seasons change, and new life replaces the old. To use an old cliche, “time waits for no man”. We tell time by clocks, by the position of the sun, moon and stars, and also by wrinkles, gray hairs, and attitudes.
God created time and gives it to us as his stewards. If we don’t purposefully order our time, we will find that we have no time to do what is important and will barely have the time to do what is pressing. We need to order our time according to God’s purposes and values and unapologetically place everything that falls outside of this to the back burner.
The truth about our life is not found in the resolutions we make, or the good intentions, but in the things we do day after day. Our actions and behaviors are a much more reliable guide to what we are than our just our words. God has given us the wonderful gift of time, let’s make the most of it by what we do with our lives.
We only have so much time to live. Every single thing we do will cost us a piece of that precious time on earth. We spend a third of our time sleeping. Eating, and taking a bath cost us time. When we look at a normal day it’s astonishing how much time we spend on things that will have little or no significance later on.
Time is one of life’s greatest values because we must exchange a block of precious,never to be recovered time, for everything we do. Absolutely everything!
Most overnight success stories are the result of years of small events and sometimes great efforts.
How should we use this precious gift?
As we get older time becomes more precious…. which is probably why we feel like it’s flying… going faster than it did before. We always value scarce things… the less we have of something the more value we place on it.
A proper attitude toward time may not mean that we should try to cram more activity into each day. Jesus had an amazing attitude toward time. He could say in praying to his father in John 17:4,
“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”
Those who knew him in the flesh must have talked with amazement after his death at the “way he spent his time.” He never ran, never seemed to be in a hurry, didn’t start his ministry until he was 30. His only preparation for leaving his ministry in the hands of the 12 was to make sure they understood his teaching.
Nothing is said about him setting up organizations, building a building, or leaving any kind of detailed programs for his disciples to follow. Almost all of the things we do in church are based on our own preference and taste.
He had time to let little children sit on his lap, time to pray, time to rest and time to go to parties. He often spent time eating with people and talking with them about the kingdom. That was all He was sent to do. And…
…He finished His work.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|