Time: Handle with Care (Colossians 4:5)

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Consider this: “If we had to buy time, would there be any difference in how we would spend it? Would the days of our lives be used more wisely?” That’s what time management consultant Antonio Herrera asked the participants in a seminar he conducted on the subject. Then Dr. Herrera become more specific. He said, “What if you had to pay in advance $100 an hour for the time allotted to you? Would you waste it?” The answer should be obvious.

Of course, we can’t put a price tag on the minutes and hours we possess. They are given to us freely. But that doesn’t excuse us from using them conscientiously, carefully, and wisely. The giver of time is God Himself, and that places a far greater value upon it than any monetary figure could suggest. We must therefore use our time intelligently, taking advantage of opportunities it provides for us to serve the Lord and to do His will.

This doesn’t mean, however, that we have to be working every single moment. That’s why it’s necessary to take a break every so often, to stop and smell the roses along the way, or to drink in the beauty of a sunset. We use our time wisely when we combine the appropriate “stops” with the proper “steps.”

I’m so grateful that the Lord doesn’t sell time. He gives it to us a gift of His grace. May we therefore spend our days “redeeming the time,” as the apostle Paul admonished the Christians at Colosse.

Yes, time is precious. Handle with care! – Richard W. De Haan

Time is God’s gift to every man,

Is seemed to fit His sovereign plan,

A measured span of days on earth

In which to test their zeal and worth. – Yant

He who would spend time wisely must learn to invest it in eternity.

  • July 26, 1984, Our Daily Bread

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