There are certain things in life that drive me nuts. High on the list is anything that needlessly wastes my time. Here’s an example: Recently I bought a few sections of pipe to make a couple of hanging lamps. They turned out really cool by the way. The first purchase was from Home Depot. What I didn’t pay close enough attention to was that the pricing barcode labels were stickers on the pipe. You guessed it. It literally took me longer to get the stickers off each pipe section than it did to make the light. I then discovered that at Lowes, all of their pipe sections come in a plastic bag which contains the barcode, leaving the pipe clean. Hey, what an idea!

The interesting thing about time is that we all have an equal measure of it every day. It is the one resource that is allocated in absolute equal terms. Every living person has the same number of hours to use in every day. Busy people are not given a special bonus added on to the hours of the day. The clock plays no favorites. With that said, it always seems like I don’t have enough time to do the things that I really want to do.

The late Vince Lombardi used to say, “I never lost a game; I just ran out of time.” That’s interesting to think about. He’s actually probably right! Of course, the time element in sporting events – the fact that it’s always a race against time – is what makes it so dramatic. It is usually the team that makes the best use of that time that wins the game.

Of course the big difference between sports and life, related to time, is that in a sports contest time can be temporarily stopped. Unfortunately, there are no timeouts in life, it just marches on.

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself occasionally wasting time. Time you would love to get back, but you cannot. To waste time is to spend it on that which has little or no value. My challenge to you for this week is to think about how you use your time and ask these questions;

  • Am I making the most of the precious time God has given me?
  • Is God proud of how I spend my time?
  • What could I change to make better use of my time?
  • Remembering that only two things last forever, God and people, am I wasting my time?

The Apostle Paul said, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12