Time. It is a valuable commodity and no matter who you are or how much money you make; everyone is given the exact same amount. The real decision comes down to how you will use the time you have been given. I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” If you knew that you had only one month to live, I am fairly certain you would not use that time to watch reruns of television shows. Certainly not, you would guard and treasure every moment that you had. Why is it that everyone does not feel the exact same way? We all need to stop taking our time for granted and start being more intentional about how we choose to spend it. I challenge you today to sit down and reevaluate how you are currently spending your time. Would anything chance if you only had a month to live? If so, start making those changes today. This does not mean that you no longer work or do household chores, because they take up too much of your time. I am simply asking you to look at not only what consumes your time, but also your attitude about that activity. Getting fully plugged in, either at home or work, can turn those mundane tasks into something much more meaningful. I long to leave a legacy for my children and those around me. Paul encourages this very thing in Second Corinthians, “Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us” (2 Corinthians 6:1, MSG). I do not want to look back at my life and feel as though I had wasted it. I want to be intentional about how I use the time that God has so graciously given me. This, however, does not mean that any of us are supposed to be constantly doing. God gave us the perfect example when He rested on the seventh day of creation. We too need to rest, so we will be able to be present and active in the time given.
Questions to Consider:
- Keep a journal this week of how you spend your time. Along with that, also rate everything based on productivity, as well as, contentment. Would you say you are being cost effective with how you are spending your time? If not, what changes need to be made? Go ahead and work on changing those this week.
- What is the biggest waster of your time? Is there a way that you can make changes to use your time wiser? Come up with a short list of various activities that you can choose from the next time you are tempted to waste your time.
- How would you best describe the current season of life that you are in? How does this affect how you use your time?