time management

Spend Your Time Wisely

What’s the time? It’s always short!

Not only because we’re mortal, but because most of us are busy: jobs, kids, school, house maintenance, hobbies, helping others, family events, and, last but not least, our obligations to God and the church.

Add in the other time-consuming things that you can think of in your life and we can all understand why something has to give in our schedule.

But our spiritual obligations shouldn’t be forced to pay the price by swapping eternity for the temporal time budget. Remember, the things we purchase with our time don’t come with a return-receipt.

So keep these thoughts in mind the next time you have to decide whether you’re going to spend your time on the temporary world or the everlasting spiritual. Use wisdom. EA

redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

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Add it up and see what you get

Taking Luke 3:23 into account and then adding 3 ½ years to that (due to the number of Passover’s celebrated afterward), Jesus lived approximately 1,278 days – or 30,672 hours – for the Father during his time of public ministry.

Think about that, then add up the hours you spend serving God and see what you get. EA

So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”” Luke 2:48-49

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You have 24 hours to…

Odds are that the vast majority of you who are reading this have more than 24 hours to live.

But what are you going to do with the 24 hours that you have?

Are you going to…

  • give a word of encouragement?
  • mend broken bridges?
  • help someone in need?
  • turn off the TV to read God’s word?
  • put down the phone to read God’s word?
  • serve the church the way you’re called to?
  • live like you had 24 hours to live?

You’re going to do something over the next 24 hours.

It’s up to you to do what needs to be done (James 4:13-17). EA

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Are We Sure We Don’t Have The Time?

If we have time to fight dandelions, we have time to fight the good fight of faith. If we have time to channel surf, we have time to flip through our Bible. If we have time to go on vacation, we have time to work for the Lord. If we have time to sit in the bleachers, we have time to sit in the pews. If we have time to talk about the weather, we have time to talk about the gospel.

There’s no doubt that our time can be tight, but if our time is too tight to fit in what’s really important then maybe it’s time to start buying it back, for there’s a difference in not having the time and not making it (Ephesians 5:16).

Here’s a thought: If time has no interest in waiting for us, then why do we wait so much for the time to do the things that we know need to be done? EA

Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”  Ecclesiastes 12:6-7