Take time to think about time

“Don’t squander time for time is the stuff that life is made of.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

I want to take a bit of your time to think about time. Today, like every day, you are going to decide how to use your time. When you stop to think about it, you realize that God has graciously given time to each of us as a precious commodity. In fact, our life is our time, and our time is our life. Every day that you live and every moment of time you experience is a gift from God Almighty.

God is the architect of time. He created it; He controls it. And to us He commits it. “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15). But there is a responsibility which comes with this commodity and we will give an account of it in eternity. “Each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12).

So given this knowledge, we take seriously what scripture teaches about our stewardship responsibility:

“(Life) is a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes away”
(James 4:14).

“Time is short” (1 Corinthians 7:29).

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle…” (Job 7:6).

“Redeem the time…” (Ephesians 5:16).

Since we can’t rewind the clock, we must redeem the time. But how so?

You have probably heard the saying, “Manage your time or your time will manage you.” That’s true! So here are some suggestions for you—

·       Prioritize your time. (I like to write it down at the first of every week).
·       Pray daily about the wise use of time. (God will give you street-smarts regarding the use of your time). 
·       Learn to say “No.” (You won’t do the most important things if you try and do everything).”
·       Do a weekly check-up on how you have done with your time. (Make course corrections as needed).

One important note: Because time is valuable we need to realize that some things cannot wait. When King David came to Ahimelech the priest at Nob, he said to Ahimelech, “The King’s business required haste” (1 Samuel 21:8 KJV). The King’s business often times requires haste—

There may be someone around you who needs a word of encouragement or support—so don’t wait! There may be an important act of service, a need that needs to be met, a ministry which needs to be accomplished—so don’t wait! There may be someone around you who truly needs your witness—so don’t wait!

Finally, God gives us all the time we need to do all He gives us to do. But He has not given us so much time that we can waste that time. So we must use our time wisely! Remember these words: “You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.” (Henry David Thoreau)

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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