As one year comes to an end and another year begins, I find myself reflecting. I think most of us do that this time of year. Some of us ask ourselves, “What did I do right last year and what could I have done different or better?” Isn’t that the question that results in New Year’s resolutions? So, as I ask myself this timely question, one word continues to pop up-TIME.
How did I spend my time last year? “How did I spend my time?” As if it were like money. Did I spend my time wisely or thoughtlessly? Did I make good investments or bad ones? Did I guard my time or allow it to be stolen?
When we spend money on something, we expect to get something in return. Right? We look at it as a form of investment. When we invest money we expect a yield or reward. The more money we spend on a product, the better we think it should be. Most of us are not willingly to spend good money on something that we know is going to be a bad investment or a wasted investment. And we don’t just throw money away as if it were of no value. No! We protect it! We put our money in a bank or a safe where it won’t be stolen. Our money is important to us. We want to take care of it. We guard it! After all, God wants us to be good stewards over all that He gives us. 1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
Isn’t time more valuable than money? When we spend money, make a bad investment and loose it or if our money is stolen from us, we can potentially earn more. But we can never earn more time. Once it’s gone it’s gone. We can’t get it back! We could quite literally say that time is priceless.
During my reflection of the past year, as I sat contemplating the pricelessness of time, I realized I had treated time improperly. I had not treated it as valuable and irreplaceable. I saw missed time investment opportunities. I saw wasted time. I saw unguarded time. Extensive time spent on social media could have been more time spent in prayer, bible study or exercise. I definitely need better time management skills going into the new year.
How did you spend your time last year? What changes will you make this year? Will you spend more time praying and less time gossiping? Will you invest more time in your health and less time on the couch in front of the television or computer? More time being thankful and less time complaining? More time with family and friends that love and care about you and less time with people that drag you down? More time helping others and less time feeling sorry for yourself? More time noticing the hurting people around you and less time looking down at your phone?
Time spent making precious memories with family and friends is never wasted time. Helping someone in need, mentoring someone or encouraging someone is always a good investment. Time spent on our spiritual growth or praying for others is priceless. Time put into increasing our knowledge, skills or improving our health is always valuable.
Focusing on wasted time, ill spent time or stolen time could get depressing. What’s past is past! Let’s learn from our time management mistakes and consider ways we can better invest our time this new year. Let’s move forward with a new attitude about our precious, valuable time.
We all get 24 hours in a day but its up to us how we spend it. Ecclesiastes 3:2 tells us that there’s a time to live and a time to die. We never know when our time on earth will run out. Let’s spend, invest and guard our invaluable, irreplaceable time wisely!
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.