Time Keeps Ticking

Time Keeps Ticking

Time is RUNNING OUT

In this day in age, I’m sure we have all often wished that life had a rewind button — Some way to stop the clock, go back in time, and change a few things. However, even the richest person in the world can’t change one millisecond of his or her past. Time has NO remorse nor grace; Time comes and goes, and you get one chance at it using it wisely. This is why it is imperative that we see each day as a once in a lifetime opportunity, because it IS.

~Napoleon said,… “There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to us all — our time.”  

~Charles Caleb Colton said,… “Time is the cradle of hope…. Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and repentance behind it: he that has made time his friend will have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made time his enemy will have little to hope from his friends.”  

The apostle Paul wrote, in 2 Corinthians 9:6

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

Imagine there was a bank that offered to credit your personal account with $86,400 for you to spend in one day. $86,400 deposited into your account free and clear, CASH!! It’s your money to spend how YOU want to spend it, but there is one rule; you can’t carry the balance over to the next day if you don’t spend it all. This means that the bank automatically deletes whatever portion of the money you failed to use after 24 hours. 

What would you do? 

You’re probably thinking of some bills you would pay off, or going on some type of strategic shopping spree. I bet we wouldn’t sleep late that day! We would be standing in line at the bank when they opened with a game plan, a strategy, and a checkbook! lol.

While I don’t know of any financial institutes running any promotions like that, the good news is, God has offered us this deal our whole life! There are 86,400 seconds in each day! We should see each day as God’s way of providing us 86,400 opportunities. 

Benjamin Franklin said,… “Do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.” 

It seems as if time is the one thing that we are all frustrated with the most! Our society has gone to great lengths to make sure that we are able to utilize time more efficiently! We live in a “MICROWAVE” culture. Everything is about “Faster”.

I’m reminded of the goofy J.G. Wentworth commercials: “It’s my money and I need it NOW”.

(By the way,.. you’ve probably got that stupid tune stuck in your head. YOU’RE WELCOME😊!)

As I study Jesus’ life I am amazed that He never seemed to be in a hurry.

 Jesus knew that he only had 36 years to complete the biggest and most important job in humanity, and that of trillions upon trillions of souls were at stake, yet he never seems to be in a hurry!?? He had time to play with children, enjoy parties, take a swim with Peter (lol), and say things like; “Don’t worry about tomorrow” and “consider the lilies of the field”. The impact that Jesus made on this earth in the short time He was here, is still echoing over around the world over 2000 years later!

Jesus was a master of being efficient and effective with his time.

So, to help remember the principal’s Jesus followed as it pertains to being a good steward of our time, I use the four letters in the word time to illustrate this message.

T is for Treasure!

If we are going to utilize our time in the best way, we must first treasure our time!

You see,... each moment is a gift from God that He given to us that we may worship Him!

  • To realize the value of
    ONE YEAR,
    ask a student who failed a grade.
  • To realize the value of
    ONE MONTH,
    ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
  • To realize the value of
    ONE HOUR,
    ask the businessman whose flight was delayed an hour and he missed an important business deal.
  • To realize the value of
    ONE MINUTE,
    ask the man who had the heart attack in the restaurant and an EMT happened to be sitting at the next table and CPR saved his life. 
  • To realize the value of
    ONE SECOND,
    ask the person who barely missed a head on with an oncoming car. 
  • To realize the value of
    ONE MILLISECOND,
    Ask the Olympic swimmer who missed qualifying by six-tenths of a second.

Time really is valuable.

The bible says that we are judged by the fruit that we bear,…

That means that we can tell how much a person values their time by looking at the results of their life today,…

  • My life today is a result of my decisions yesterday!
  • Our life is simply a result of two things…
  • God’s grace and what we have done with our time in the past!

If you want to have aspirations to have better for yourself and your family to become more than you have become in the past, and to live a healthier life, then we must learn to treasure our time!

I stands for Invest

Always remember, where you invest your time reveals what is most important to you.

Proverbs 11:18

The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

A.W. Tozer wrote:

“Time is a resource that is nonrenewable and nontransferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it for a rainy day–when it’s lost it’s unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.”

We have to learn to invest our time in things that matter,…

There are 168 hours in each week.

Studies on our society have suggested that the average person’s week breaks down like this… 

  • About 56 hours sleeping
  • About 24 hours of eating and personal hygiene
  • About 50 of those hours working and/or traveling to and from work
  • Leaving 35 hours a week of personal “discretionary” time
  • That’s about 5 hours per day of us time”
  • Where are you investing those hours?

Wherever you are investing those “discretionary hours” is indicative of where your heart is.

Proverbs 22:8

He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

M stands for Manage

A time management expert…

was teaching a seminar for executives. He placed a large, clear open-mouthed jar in front of the group. Next, he put seven or eight large rocks into the jar until it was full. “Is the jar full?” He asked. Everyone nodded. 

Then he took pebbles and filled up the jar with the small rocks until they reached the rim. “Is the jar full?” By now, they didn’t answer. 

So, he poured fine sand in. “Is the jar full?” Some nodded. 

He proceeded to take a pitcher of water and filled up the jar again. “What’s the lesson about time management?” he asked.

Hands shot up, and everyone agreed “No matter how busy you are you can always fit more things into your schedule.” “Wrong,” he replied.

The point is: unless you put the big rocks in first, they never will fit in. One of the biggest problems with our generation is that we have placed our desire for pleasure as a top priority! We know that we are growing in maturity when we are disciplined enough to place our responsibilities and commitments above our pleasures!

E stands for Enjoy 

If our time is going to be the seed that plants happiness and joy in our lives and brings fulfillment to the purpose that God has for our lives,.. then we must learn to enjoy each day and not allow it to be stolen!

Many of you remember the song,
“The Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin. 

Part of it says,…
My child arrived just the other day He came to the world in the usual way, But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay, He learned to walk while I was away, And he was talking ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew, He’d say “I’m gonna be like you, dad” “You know I’m gonna be like you” And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man in the moon “When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when” But we’ll get together then, You know we’ll have a good time then.

Maybe you’ve heard the song, but here’s the rest of the story: 

  • Harry Chapin’s wife, Sandy, actually wrote the words to that song after their son Josh was born. 
  • It became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • When their son was 7 years old, Harry was performing 200 concerts a year, and Sandy asked him when he was going to take some time to be with his son. 
  • Harry promised to make some time at the end of the summer.
  • But he never made it. 
  • That summer, a truck hit Harry’s Volkswagen bug and he was killed.

We should all be aware that Satan uses things like addictions, afflictions, and sin to rob us of our most precious commodity, our time. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we forget to simply slow down and enjoy our life each day. 

The sad truth is, most people will not even take the time to read this entire blog! We are so caught up in our lives and the “next best thing” that we fail to realize or recognize that God has given us the most precious gift of all,.. which is why it’s called “the PRESENT”. 

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May God richly bless you and may His joy always be YOURS! 

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