If you had to show on a spread sheet how you spent your time, what would you consider now that you had not previously?
Would it affect your planning for this new week?
Would you re-consider the value of the coming days, the approaching moments?
When my wife and I were a young couple trying to reign in spending we had a financial mentor who began to work with us on accountability.
For an extended period of time we had to account for literally every penny we brought in and for every penny we spent.
It was most difficult and often frustrating, but we learned a life lesson from that experience, that every penny, even every second, that we invested or spent had a value, and that value was either increased or diminished, depending upon our decisions, and the thought which went into that decision.
Life is no different.
The President of the United States has the same twenty four hour period to accomplish things as you do.
No one gets extra time for wise time management.
I have always considered time valuable, but as the years behind me increase, and the potential years ahead of me decrease, I have become even more sensitive to time and my planning of it.
Interestingly enough, this afternoon, an early fall Sunday, I was sitting in a front porch swing reading my Bible and the life of David and how he recovered from his failings, and in 2 Samuel 14:14, came across this verse, which was an exchange between King David and a woman from a town called Tekoa.
During their exchange she said to King David, “Our lives are like water that is poured out on the ground — it can’t be gathered up again.”
If our lives are in fact like water, how will you pour out your life this week, since it can not be gathered up again?
Will you spend eight hours working and three additional hours worrying, which clearly the Bible speaks to, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has enough trouble of it’s own.”?
Will you spend it embittered toward another person? One minute invested in bitterness is sixty seconds lost to happiness.
Literally, if you had to account for every second of the day, would you spend it differently, especially if your record of time spent was to be displayed on your Facebook page or other social networking platforms?
Take a pen and piece of paper and block out five minute increments for tomorrow and at the end of the day compare how you spent your time.
Time is opportunity and opportunity is the door that God opens for you to be who you are intended to be, a person with a compassionate heart with a passionate spirit, who makes the best use of the time they are given by God.
“Make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.” Ephesians 5:16
Have a great week.