Don’t Kill Time! (Ephesians 5:15, 16)

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Time is a gift too precious to be wasted. If we misuse it, we lose more opportunities than we know. Each moment holds an occasion for prayer, for kindness, or for growth. This truth is seen in the following verse:

  • I have only just a minute, only 60 seconds in it,
  • Forced upon me – can’t refuse it,
  • Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,
  • But it’s up to me to use it – give account if I abuse it;
  • Just a tiny little minute – but eternity is in it!

John Erskine, early 20th century author and lecturer, said that he learned the most valuable lesson of his life when he was 14 years of age. His piano teacher asked him how much he practiced each day. He replied that he usually sat down for an hour or more. “Oh, don’t do that,” warned the instructor. “When you grow up, time won’t come to you in long stretches like that. Do your practicing in minutes wherever you can find them – 5 or 10 before school, a few after lunch, or between chores. Spread it throughout the day, and music will become a part of your life.” Erskine said that he later applied this principle to his writing. He wrote nearly all of his book The Private Life of Helen of Troy on streetcars while commuting between his home and the university.

Christian, do you make the most of your spare time? You can use brief intervals to pray, to meditate on Scripture, or to write a note to someone who needs encouragement. Don’t kill time! – Henry G. Bosch

Fill up each hour with what will last;

Buy up the moments as they go;

The life above, when this is past,

Is ripened fruit of life below. – Bonar

Don’t just mark time; use time to make your mark.

  • August 5, 1986, Our Daily Bread

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