June 6, 2015

5 Things You Should Understand About Time

Time is one of the most valuable commodities anyone has. Our use of it determines the amount of work we achieve, as well as its quality. Yet it seems that time for many people is either wasted or in short supply.

The phase, "I don't have time," is a confession that you're making a wrong choice of priorities.

Time is not given. It must be set aside. We see examples of this in Ecclesiastes 3  Acts 3:1.

Time is like any other commodity, it is purchased. Yes, that's what I said. Time is not free. It becomes ours only by purchase. There is a price to be paid for its strategic use. This is what the apostle Paul meant when he said, "redeeming the time". (Ephesians 5:16)

Redeem: To gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.

Here are five more things you should know about time:

  1. Time is Opportunity. Richard Francis Weymouth describes time as opportunity. "Buy up your opportunities." Make the best use of your time by exchanging it only for those things with the greatest value. Don't waste your time on things and activities that don't matter.

  2. Time is a Stewardship. How we value our time will determine how we strategically use it. Each moment is a gift from God and should not be wasted.

  3. Time can be Lost. Just as time can be purchased, (redeemed) it can also be lost. The saddest thing is that lost time can never be recalled. It cannot be hoarded. It has to be spent as wisely as money every day.
  4. Time is too valuable. It should not be spent on unimportant or secondary matters when primary matters are screaming for our attention.

  5. Time cannot be postponed. You can't just put it off. It is now or never. It must be used productively.
To be successful in anything, the mastery of time is of prime importance. We can find ourselves imprisoned by it if not used effectively.

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