Making the Most: Valuing Time

“Spirit, how would you have me view and value my time?  What would making the most of it look like for me?” If we actually believed that our lives went as fast as mist which appears and then burns off in the morning sun – what would we do? Value it more…

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 5:15-17

14 What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:14

How do you feel about time?  Do you think you have a lot of time?  I have been considering our approach to our time and whether we consider its value and purpose each day… There are only 24 hours in a day.  That’s 1440 minutes. 86,400 seconds.  Seems like a lot doesn’t it?  That’s kinda how we approach time.  We have so much time that we don’t often consider how valuable it is.

Until life cuts it short. I know a few people who are dealing with or who have dealt with that reality.  Life cut short.  Time running out.  I wish I had known.  I wish I had done this or that.  I would have spent my time differently.  I wouldn’t have wasted my time. Coulda.  Shoulda. Woulda.

Maybe we should value the time we have more.  Paul writes that we should make the most of the time have.  That’s the ultimate use of time.  The highest and best use of each second we have.  Making the most… Do you make the most of your time? Do you take advantage of every opportunity you have each day?

We know the answer.  Few of us make the most of our time.

I think a new direction starts with a different mindset on our time.  If we believed James, what would it change?  If we actually believed that our lives were as fast as mist – vapor – coming and going – burning off in the morning sun – what would we do differently?  Much.

And so our first step is to realize that our time in life is limited and is even like a mist.  So fleeting that we should consider it scarce.  Scarce resources become very valuable don’t they?  Diamonds are valuable because they are scarce – they are rare.  Like one-of-a-kind works of art or a limited supply of tickets to our favourite concert, scarcity enhances value.

Our time is scarce. We live each day once, each life once, and both are shorter than most of us would like.  Does your behaviour show that you value your time?  And what could you do different in the next week to value your time more?

Give more time carefully to those whom you love?
Dedicate focused time to knowing God better?
Eliminate activities which undervalue your time?

Think it through and ask God, “Spirit, how would you have me view and value my time?  What would making the most of it look like for me?”


Marc Kinna

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