Steve Miller once sang, “Time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking…into the future.” We can’t stop it, we can’t control it, we only get to steward it. We can waste it if we want, or we can make each minute mean something.
I was thinking about the biggest time wasters I have personally fallen into:
- Worry. What does it accomplish other than to give you indigestion, ulcers, and keep you from doing what you should be doing?
- Fear. Similar to worry because they are brothers. Fear does no good and keeps you from your destiny.
- Doing something God did not call or equip you to do. By the way, if He called you to do something, He equipped you with everything you need to be successful. He always gives us what we need though the Holy Spirit to accomplish His perfect will.
- Trying to be a people pleaser. That is a waste of time. We need to serve God and serve people…but living to please people does not satisfy. You will never please all the people all of the time. Ask any husband or wife. Ask any politician, Pastor or business leader. Be kind to them. Love them. Serve them.
- Getting caught up in the weeds. In other words, losing sight of the real priorities in life. Spending too much time on things that have no eternal significance.
- Living with un-forgiveness. It is ridiculous when you think about how crippling un-forgiveness is, and yet millions of people struggle to forgive others for something they have said or done to them. It is said that un-forgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. How ludicrous is that? Let go of any un-forgiveness you might be harboring in your heart. That brings incredible freedom, and God commands that we do it if we expect to be forgiven.
- Inability to let go of something that is not working out. This is a big one in my life. I have a hard time throwing in the towel and admitting that I failed at something. There are times to persevere when the goal is worthwhile, but way too many times I have tried to the point of exhaustion to make something work (sometimes for years), when I would have been much further ahead to admit I can’t do it and just get some help, or at the least, change course.
- Not learning from our failures and repeating the same mistakes over and over. While I am getting better at this one, I still find myself from time to time being a repeat offender in an area where I should have learned the lesson long ago. Some traps are easily sprung, particularly when we willingly put our foot in the trap.
The older I get the faster the sand seems to fall through the hourglass. My years fly by now, whereas an hour used to seem like an eternity when I was a kid. The only time an hour seems like an eternity now is if I am sick or when I have offended someone. I try to avoid both of those like the plague….no pun intended. Don’t waste the time God has given you. You can never get it back. Each minute matters. Make the most of it so when you have taken your last breath, God will say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Your time for the moment, is in your hands. Treat it like the sacred gift that it is.
P.S. There is no hourglass in Heaven. :o)