Time. I want it to linger on the pleasant moments and rush past the mundane ones. I wonder where the time went or why it won’t pass faster, depending on the circumstances.
This quote challenges me to consider the value of each second.
“Time is a resource that is non-renewable and non-transferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it for a rainy day — when it’s lost it is unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.” ~A. W. Tozer
Wow. I often let time go by without realizing it is non-renewable. It vanishes every day and cannot be replenished. I can’t store time, saving it for when I need more of it. How can I make better use of it?
We have many choices regarding how we will spend our minutes and hours. What will each of us do with the same 24 hours in each day, the same 365 days in 2018? How can we learn to manage time for better productivity?
Time management principles are embedded in the Word of God.
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NIV
Moses, the author of these words, shares insight on the use of time that will help us order our days.
- Seek God to prioritize your day’s plan. Moses depended on God to teach him and lead the people. In the everyday details of life, can you ask God to teach you how best to use your time? Time invested with the Lord at the beginning of the day increases productivity in the long run.
- Realize that each day is an irreplaceable, valuable asset given to us. Instead of thinking how you are going to spend your time, think about how you are going to invest your time. Investing brings about a future return. Decide which activities and people nurture you and choose to develop those skills and relationships.
- Live wisely, making each day count. Psalm 90:12 focuses on the day, not the year. It’s easy to get busy with long-range goals that we miss the moment by moment joys. Cultivate a thankful heart, grateful for the blessings in your life. Be diligent to let your light shine in your family and at work. A heart of wisdom results from seeking God and obeying Him.
There are many choices for how we will invest our time — self-serving or seeking God, grumpy or grateful, burdened or content in the Lord.
What will each of us do with the same 24 hours? Seek God daily and live for Him. Make the most of the time.
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