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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Managing Our Time

Managing Our Time

Isn't it so true that as we get older we see how really short life is?
Though we know that from the life of others and the scriptures, it still
seems that time just slips away and we wonder where it went.
Did you ever say or hear someone say things like: this has been a long day
or this year sure went by fast. Yes, you've heard them and so have I. Yet
the truth is that every hour, day, week, year, etc. all have the same amount
of time in them. It's what we do with the time that makes them seem long or
short.
I'm convinced time is the most important asset we have. We can use it
wastefully or productive. We can do good with it or bad. We can serve God
with it or the devil. You've heard it said that it's not the amount of time
you spend with someone or doing something that matters but yet the quality
time that counts the most. I've noticed that people who need our presence
also need it more than just when we're doing something for them or with
them. People like to just be with people who they know genuinely care about
them. God is in the people business and we ought to be too.
I see that we have become too busy to develop relationships with one
another. This is some of the problem territory in marriages and families. It
exists in churches. How many people do you really know in your church? Today
it's mega church that seems to be pushed when we really need loving church.
Not too many people even know their neighbor anymore let alone witnessing to
them of the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us to walk circumspectly not as fools, but as wise,
redeeming the time for the days are evil. (Eph. 5:15-16, Col. 4:5)
To redeem the time tells us that something or someone else is in possession
of it. In all our lives I know there is a sense of busyness. It seems that
everything is making more demands on our time.
At the time of this writing the higher oil prices have caused the price of
everything else to rise and a lot of people are busy just trying to make
ends meet.
All the necessary things of life are enough to consume a lot of our time.
But what about the unnecessary things that we take on? Some we think we need
and others we think we have to and some others we are pushed or pulled into
almost by force.
How about the time spent watching television and/or movies? If we look at
how many TV stations and satellite networks there are to choose from we can
see that a lot of people spend a lot of time watching. What about movie
rentals? They all seem to prosper! It must mean that a lot of people spend a
lot of time watching.
What about sports? Big business! Do you help support it and let time be
given to them rather than someone that needs your fellowship? How about all
of the school activities, including sports, they say your children need to
be involved in.
Then there's the video games, hunting, fishing, and all those other
activities that we thought were good for us. Golf may take up the time you
needed to spend having tea with your little girl.
I hope you don't think I am trying to be hard on you because I'm not. I'm
just trying to expose some thieves that have been stealing our time and
exhorting all of us to chase them down and take the time back that should be
spent on things of Eternal Value, because if it isn't of eternal value it's
of no value at all. Think about that. What is important to you? What is
important to others in your life? What is important to God?
Managing time has always been one of the most difficult things to do for
most people. Have you ever said, "Well there just aren't enough hours in the
day?" Well, usually we just try to cram too much into the day rather than
getting priorities in order and caring for things that really matter.
Jesus told us that the cares of this life would choke the Word of God and
keep it from bringing fruit to perfection, if we allow that to happen. (Mark
4:18-19)
The wise will manage the time and spend it well, sowing seeds of love and
Life which reap eternal dividends. Making more money, having more things, or
making a name for ourselves in society are not the most important things.
I don't know about you but when I'm through with this present life, I want
it to have meant something in things that really matter. I pray it be said
of us all that we spent our time wisely. "So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." (Psalm, 90:12, Ecc. 12:1-7)