A question about time…

 

When was the last time you stopped and really thought about time?

That’s right time
Time is the precious, priceless commodity we all share daily in full equity; that cannot be manipulated.

Lately, time has been on my mind quite a bit…
I’m sure most of you can relate when I say, “There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day!”

This situation/feeling has led me to ask myself quite a few questions about time.

Am I using my time effectively?
Should I spend time completing this task or should I pay someone else to do it?
Is this (fill in the blank) really worth my time?
How much time will it take?
How much time will I have to sleep?
Am I wasting time?

A lot of questions about time, huh?
And they all have different answers…

What struck me most, during my time of reflection, was the answer to my last question.
Am I wasting my time?
Because I do…

Now, I’m not the only offender. Periodically, all of us let time slip through our fingers.
Some of us…more than others.

Do we really want to carelessly waste a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future?
(The green text was stolen from Webster’s Dictionary, part b of definition #1 for time)

I don’t think we do…

I’m pretty sure it’s worth spending some of our precious time assessing where our time leaks may be.

…and I would guess that a good start would probably be television and other technologies.

At least it was for me…
I found my black hole of wasted time in the very technology that is supposed to help me optimize my time:

  • My laptop
  • My iPad
  • My smartphone

These tools are a godsend just as long as we don’t get caught in the vortex of cyberspace and social media on the laptop, or zone out for hours on an iPad strategizing on how to win at “Words with Friends” and becoming an “Angry Bird” when I lose!

My question for reflection this week is:
What’s your black hole of wasted time?

Imagine you had only $100 to spend for the rest of your life, and every dollar you spent would be gone forever.  Do you think you would cherish each cent?

I know I would…

Our time is like that $100.
This is the only time (life) we’ve got, so we must spend it wisely; and stay inspired, it’s a lifestyle choice!

2 thoughts on “A question about time…

  1. Time, like almost everything else in life, is a gift from God. God has said to us through the prophet Isaiah, “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you” (Isa. 49:8). And since Christ has come He has been saying to everyone who will listen: “Now is the time of God’s favor; now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 5:20–6:2).
    Time, however, is running out. Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything. But time does not stand still, it has a beginning and an end. Today we are closer to the end than we were yesterday. And tomorrow?
    Tomorrow may never come.

    Tomorrow may never come.

  2. Great Post!
    It actually reminds me of a poem by an unknown author that I read some “time” ago…hope its not too long:
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    Imagine a bank to credit your account each morning with $86,400
    ________________________________________
    Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each
    morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day,
    allows you to keep no such balance, and every evening cancels whatever
    part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

    What would you do?

    Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank.

    Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

    Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to
    invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no
    overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it
    burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits,
    the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against
    the “tomorrow”.

    You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it
    so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The
    clock is running.

    Make the most of today.

    To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed a
    grade. To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given
    birth to a pre-mature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an
    editor of a weekly newspaper.

    To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who
    has kids to feed. To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers
    who are waiting to meet.

    To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed
    the train. To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has
    avoided an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLI_SECOND, ask
    the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

    Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more
    because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your
    time….

    and remember that time waits for no one……

    Yesterday is history….. Tomorrow a mystery……

    Today is a gift.

    That is why it is called the present.

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