Time is an Investment
Day 10 of 21 Days. Time is an investment. In your quest for success in 2019, be selective about how you spend your time, because time is an investment. Time’s worth is invaluable. Once time is spent, we cannot recall it. Time can be spent on productivity. Time can also be wasted or squandered on doing things that do not align with your goals. How you spend your time will determine how close you get to your target.
Well, just how much time do I really have? That’s a good question.
There are 1,440 minutes in a day. There are 525,600 minutes in a year.
Do you know what you do with these minutes?
Time is so important the psalmist said, “Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should (Psalm 90:12).” Our earthly time for us is finite.
Therefore, we want to emphasize spending our time as we should.
Why waste time on doing things that will not help you reach your target?
TIME IS AN INVESTMENT
God has given each of us a trust fund with a designated amount of time. Your time is an investment entrusted to you by God. As a beneficiary, you are allowed 1,440 minutes each day. You can use your time as a wise investment or you can waste it frivolously. However, there is a stipulation to the trust funds. Once time is spent or invested, that’s it.
A wise beneficiary will want to invest his/her time wisely.
What are you doing with your time?
The author of Ephesians 5:11-16 wrote, “Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are.”
In other words, rip the cover off your day and shine the light of Christ on it.
Does your daily investment align with your goals? Remember, how you spend your time will reflect how well you reach your target.
We must think about how we use our time to make the most out of every minute of the day every chance we get. We are admonished to watch how we spend our time.
BE SELECTIVE WITH YOUR TIME
Being selective with your time means exercising an inner consciousness of what you allow yourself to concentrate on. In the same way a parent teaches a child to stop, look, and listen before crossing the street; we, too, must stop, look, and listen before going through another day without having any accountability of how we invest our time.
To invest our time as we should, we must stop, look, and listen.
STOP to concentrate.
Assess your current situation. Take a moment to slow down to think about what you are doing with your 1,440 minutes each day that God has blessed you with. Get in a quiet place to think. Write down what you do from the time you awake to the time you go to bed. Record how much time is spent on each activity.
LOOK at what you are doing.
Look for danger zones. Through careful observation, review each item on your list. Ask yourself if what you are doing is an asset? An asset means the task adds value to your life. Or, is it a liability? Are your daily activities withdrawing from your dreams and goals? Draw a line through the liabilities. Keep only the assets. Look again at the assets to make sure they are good investments.
LISTEN to what your heart is saying.
Are you being honest about how you spend your time? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what really matters. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal which activities are aligned with God’s purpose for your life. Obey the Holy Spirit to lead you in the right direction.
What you do in life is determined by how you spend your time. The time you have been entrusted with by God is being evaluated daily. Are you using your time to grow interests, to improve yourself, and the lives of others? Or, are you making daily withdrawals spending time on useless works, emptiness, and the pursuit of darkness?
What are you doing with your time? Be reminded, the funds are limited. The funds are for a set purpose. Once time is spent, it’s gone. You can redeem the time only by reorganizing your future days spending time as you should. Handle your trust fund with wisdom (Luke 2:52).
LET’S PRAY THIS PRAYER ALOUD
Lord, I pray according to your word in Psalm 32:8, instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. I ask for the counsel of the Holy Spirit to help me spend my time as I should. Watch my back. Nudge me when to stop, look, and listen for your voice so that I may go in the direction that I should go. Holy Spirit, help me to manage my trust and invest my time wisely.
In the name of Jesus, amen.
~inspiring hope & seasoning faith, Pastor Sean & Dr. Regina M. Daigre