Being on time and staying on schedule could be a difficult task for me, but it isn’t. Google Calendar is an application I use every day to help me manage my life.
Each morning when I start my day, I have an email from Google waiting on me. When I open it, I find my schedule for that day. I don’t have to wander through the day wondering what I am supposed to do. Thanks to Google, I already know.
The person who waits for the right time to do something fails to realize that time is a precious commodity that quickly rots when wasted and spoils the opportunity of the moment. It doesn’t make any difference if you think you are living in the best of times or the worst of times, this is the only time you have—it is the time of your life.
You have 60 minutes in every hour; 1,440 of them every day; 10,080 of them every week; and a whole bunch of them in a year. If you will manage the minutes of your life, the hours will take care of themselves.
The time of your life is so important, the psalmist said: “Teach us to number each of our days, so that we may grow in wisdom (90:12).” The idea is not that you assign a number to each day of your life. The concept is that you get the most out of each day, so you are living it for the glory of God.
Carl Sandburg captured the essence of this discussion when he said: “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
It is the time of your life, so spend it wisely.
Some people find solitude in silence, and they give deep reflection to their thoughts. There are others who negotiate life at a harried and hurried pace that allows no time for deep thought.
Have you ever stopped to think about how you think? Please understand the question: I asked “how” you think—not “what” you think.
When you start to think about your thinking, you can begin to reframe and reorder your life in a more positive context. There are several places in the Psalms that indicate the writers were more than thoughtless thinkers:
- Psalm 77:6: I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search.
- Psalm 119:15: I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways.
- Psalm 119:27-29: I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things, I consider to be right; I hate every false way. Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.
When you read these verses, did you notice the due diligence that was exercised? You can see it in words like:
- Diligent search
Solomon encouraged people to weigh the wisdom of words, before believing them: The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps (Proverbs 14:15.)”
Before you leave on a trip, you probably spend some time mapping your route. How much thought do you give to your spiritual destination? Do take just some random route or do you know where you are going?
Are you living your life in the blink of a second, or are you taking time to think and reckon?