We spend it. We waste it. We share it. Some say we even borrow it to live. But the one thing most of us have not learned to do is make it.
Time is that one instance or single occasion for some event. For most of us, the big dilemma is what single instance to par with which event. Very quickly, we realize we have too many events and not enough instances in one day. We have goals to meet and dreams to pursue. Demanding the same time are the hungry kids and the husband who can’t find his keys. Then there is that never ending list of people to call and places to go. Don’t forget choir rehearsal, the sewing circle and Book Club meeting. And did I mention, work?
So, how do we make all those events fit into the 86,400 single instances we have in one day? Experts have tried for decades to answer that question. A “time management” search online produces over 61,600,000 results. A stop at the local bookstore can take hours as one aisle after the other is packed with “How to” manage time publications. There are some who believe a portion of the brain controls time. Others suggest we set schedules, and outline priorities as a means of increasing productivity.
Society even tries to help us control the clock with minute rice, high-speed internet and instant messages. And the truth be told, we have all come up with our own techniques to make the most of our time. My personal favorite is working faster. If you get done quicker, you will have more time left for other things. That should only make sense. But, honestly that has been a waste of time for me, as I find myself spending ever more hours correcting those hastily made, careless mistakes.
Perhaps time cannot be managed. But what it can be is used wisely. Throughout the hustle and bustle of the day, it’s easy to forget the one thing that not only stands the test of time, but outlast it as well, what you do for Christ. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last – John 15: 16a (NIV).
As Christians we must learn to stop spending, wasting, sharing, borrowing, and trying to manage time. We must make time. The whole duty of man is not to pursue dreams and goals. It’s to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). If you make time for Christ and fulfill your whole duty, you are guaranteed prosperity. Before you were conceived in your mother’s womb, the Lord knew you and called you by name.
Even at that point in your life when you feel like you are running as fast as you can and you are not getting anywhere, and everything seems to be falling apart, God knows the plans He has for you. His plans are of good and not evil. His plans are to prosper you. Your responsibility now is to seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all your needs, hopes and dreams shall be added unto you. If you abide in the Lord, and He abides in you, you may ask anything in His name, and He will do it. John 14 (NIV).
So remember, your time is precious. Don’t manage it, make it.