Precious Time

Everyone has the same precious twenty four hours each day but some use it wisely and others do not. The question you have to answer every day is what should I spend my time on? In the Bible, we see examples of Jesus getting up early in the morning to spend time in prayer before He spent His time with the “busyness” of His world.

Do you spend a lot of time handling pressing problems or meeting some deadline? If so, maybe you need to focus more on activities like preparation, planning, and relationship building much like Jesus did with a prayer each morning. Seeing each day as a gift of God and being careful to live wisely. Realizing that relationships last forever and bring true happiness.

Have you wanted to share with someone about faith but it just seems like you run out of time or the interest level in the person you are sharing with is not there? What you must realize is that sharing about faith is in everything you do. The best moments are when no one knows that you are sharing but you are. The best way to do this is by preparing so you are ready when the right situation comes up.

An idea is to prepare devotionals that can be used at the right time and when others are ready to hear.  Prepare and plan out your day with God. Instead of doing things when you want, let God tell you when it’s the right time. God runs things very efficiently. He has perfect timing. You will find that without God it seems like the Beatles song “The Long Winding Road”, but with God it’s like a high-speed Internet connection.

Follow what the bible says in the scripture below:

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33

You will find that your time will be used more effectively and what you accomplish will produce a more fulfilled and happy life. Be prepared like the bridesmaids in Matthew 25:1-13. They filled their lamps with oil in preparation and were rewarded by being able to attend the marriage feast.

If you can find thirty minutes a day in your schedule that is wasted and turn it into productive time, you can add what is equivalent to twenty-two productive days to your year. In other words, you will add another month to your year and the opportunity to use this time for your benefit.

Here is an example of what your time is worth.

If your annual earnings are:                Every hour is worth:

$ 20,000                                              $ 10.25

30,000                                                 15.37

40,000                                                 20.49

50,000                                                 25.61

60,000                                                 30.74

75,000                                                 38.42

100,000                                                51.23

125,000                                                64.04

150,000                                                76.84

*The numbers are based on an eight hour work day working five days a week minus vacation and holidays.

Of course using time wisely provides not only monetary gain but intangible benefits. There are some TV shows that provide lessons. Sitting down for thirty minutes or so with your child or grandchild watching these shows are not a waste of your time but provide valuable lessons and memories.

The same can be said of sporting events. You can watch a game and get some lessons out of it. The only bad thing about sports is getting too serious. If you pull for a team and only get frustrated afterwards at the outcome, then you’re not doing yourself any favors. If you’re not spending all you’re weekend watching it or letting it dominate all your spare time.

One thing to remember is that time spent with friends and family is always time well spent. Spare moments spent with family and friends are extremely valuable. Guard those moments well. Discard those opportunities and their value will never be known. Take them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.

I remember when my daughter was about 3 years old. I would come home from work and we would walk our dog together. One occasion, we were at the end of a long hot Texas summer and the first cool front of the fall moved in. The day was giving way to one of those beautiful pink and bluish sunsets. My daughter said, “Daddy it looks pretty”. That’s what I’m talking about being valuable. These are memories of a lifetime.

When things are tough or you have had a hard day at work, remember seasons change and remember those precious memories with family and friends. For in God’s timing, just like the seasons, things will change and give way to better times.

Time with God is worth more than silver or gold. My church believes in investing in children because young ones are the most receptive to the gospel. You know it makes sense because the sooner an investment is made, the greater the return. That’s why I think it is recommended that a person have a quiet time each morning. In the morning, conditions are right for you to begin each day with prayer and for you and God to plan out a successful day together.

My pastor for many years, Steve Ramsdell said in a sermon one time that we should go to God and trust in His timing. That we should go to Him with a passion. It should be a time that you look forward to. It should be a time that you can set aside and persistently be there. It should be a time when you’re fresh and thinking with precision. A time when you have not been beaten down physically and mentally like at the end of the day but a time when you are primed for praising God and what you and God can do together for that day. It’s like a pre-game pep talk from God and how you’re going to have a victorious day together.

In the paragraphs above, laid out was a chart of how much your time is worth compared to your income. This gives you an idea of how much your time is worth monetarily and how much your daily activities cost you. Then you will have more control over your time.

Here is a link to a spreadsheet called Power Over Time with a tab named Precious Time at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Spend some time in prayer and then start to fill out this form over the next 5 days to help evaluate your daily activities. You can download a copy for yourself and print it out if you would like.

Once you prayerfully consider the activities that produce the greatest benefit. You and God will work out a plan that includes activities that bring the greatest impact to your day and to your life. You will no longer be wandering in a wilderness, unsure of your destination, but continuously stepping ahead to the grand destiny God has for you.

 

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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