"My times are in Your hands."
Psalm 31: 15, Amplified Bible
"Handling Our Time"
"Kill time and you murder opportunity."
How do I value and use the gift of time that God has given to me each day?
"Lost time is never found."
"Time and money are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use."
Yesterday, we found that David was a man with plenty of time and money. And in his case, this proved to be a dangerous combination. Rather than going to battle with his army, David stayed home relaxing in Jerusalem.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing innately "bad" with getting rest. Jesus advised his disciples, who were weary and worn dealing with the crowds of followers, to join Him and "come away and rest awhile." The fact is that calm and quietness can bring a steady purpose to an upended life. I love the words of the famed author John Bunyan who astutely observed, "If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot." If you try to visualize this word picture, just imagine a swollen, painful foot covered up by a fancy shoe. It doesn't matter at all because you still can't walk. And this is what happens in our lives when having it all isn't "the all" that is in God's purpose for us. David's life portrays what I just said in an all too real way. Sadly, David's behavior was fueled by abundance and excess. And if we think this was a problem limited only to David's era, just look around at the sad way those with excessive time and money often end up -- addicted to spending on drugs or some other demoralizing behavior that leads on a sensual downhill road.
As I was studying about the way we use the time we have been blessed with each day, my dear friend Betteanne sent me a note called, "IMAGINE," which I told her I wanted to share with all of you because it is so appropriate to our topic on the use of our time.
"Imagine you won the following prize in a contest:
Every morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.
However, this prize had rules just as any game has certain rules.
The first set of rules would be:
1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend it.
Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.
The second set of rules:
1. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, "It's over, the game is over!"
2. It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right?
Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right?
Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?
ACTUALLY, THIS GAME IS REALITY!!
Each of us is in possession of such a "magical" bank.
We just can't seem to see it.
THE MAGICAL BANK IS TIME!
Each awakening moment we receive 86,000 seconds as a gift of our life from God.
When we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.
What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost.
Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time…
WELL, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds?
Aren't they worth so much more than the same amount in dollars?
Think about that, and always think of this:
Make every second of your life count because time races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, and make the best possible use of your God-given 86,400 seconds each daily!"
The author Ralph W. Sockman observed, "Time is the deposit each one has in the bank of God." May we treat our deposit with great care every day - for time is a gift that can never be replaced and it is of eternal value.
"Do not squander time, for it is the stuff of which life is made."
"This day, Lord, may I dream Your dreams; this day, Lord, may I reflect Your love; this day, Lord, may I do Your work; this day, Lord, may I taste Your peace."
"In this morning light
Some of the things I have to do
Seem to loom large before me,
and I carry the prospect of work
like a heavy burden weighing me
down even before I begin
yet by this evening many of
today's difficulties will have passed.
Maybe they will prove to have been
far less arduous than I imagined.
The thought of a problem
so often turns out to be worse
than the problem itself.
Lord, lift my spirit,
give me energy and a sense of humour
throughout the hours of this day.
Lord of the morning, help me."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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