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Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.
Amazing. How time flies irrespective of our consent. With complete disregard for our situation, the clock ticks away.
For years I’ve looked at time as something that moves forward. It’s simply been a tool to measure intervals or a period of time in which a series of events occurs. We look at it as something that moves.
But when I stop to think about a God who stands outside of time, a God whose eternity cannot be confined to several thousand years on a human timeline, I am confronted with the realization that perhaps time does not move forward.
The hands of a clock cunningly deceive us. Their forward stride going from one, to two, to three… all the while moving forward, moving around, moving right back to their starting point… twelve.
And we mirror this motion. Moving forward, around, in circles, back to where we started.
What if time was not moving forward.
What if time was looked at as an hourglass, rather than a clock, where a specific time was allotted and each sand passing through is time spent, time which will never again return.
Would we then echo the cries of the psalmist, “teach us to number our days,” (Psalm 90:12)?
Would we then look at life, at the time allotted to us, as a gift to use up for God’s glory, for His purposes?
I’m reminded of Psalm 139:16, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”
And if this is so, if the days fashioned for me have already been written down, dare I waste any of them away? Dare I spend them so carelessly?
If we’re going to be kingdom builders who Live Life –with a heart- Fully Committed to God, then we must take inventory of where our time is spent. We must wisely and intentionally manage the sands that continuously flow through these hourglasses of ours.
Lord, teach us to number our days because we understand that one day we will be held accountable for each sand that passed through our hourglass. Help us to discern the time-wasters in our lives, and help us to eliminate and/or manage them accordingly.
May we honor You with every moment of life spent. May we live life with eternity in view. May our lives be used up in such a way that they would bring You glory! In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
- Write down your biggest time-wasters.
- Pray about them. Ask God to show you the importance of managing the time He blesses you with. How does He want you spend it?
- How will you manage your time-wasters?
- If you haven’t already done so, make a goal plan for the rest of 2013. How do you want to end this year?
- Then find time in the upcoming weeks to make a 5 year plan. Where do you want to be 5 years from now.
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