Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How are you spending your time?

Let’s face it. As much as we struggle with Solomon’s outlook on life, his journal is a reality check for many of us. As he struggles with the frustrations and conundrums of life, we often find ourselves in his shoes asking the hard questions and trying to find answers. However, we quickly realize that life is not always black and white. All too often there is more gray in life.
Because these frustrations leave a void in our life, we turn to our resources and energies to fill that emptiness. We think that a little more of this or some of that will fill the void in our souls. As we have seen over the last two weeks nothing in this life will ever satisfy the longing of your soul than a deep relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Are you spending time getting to know Jesus? Are you more interested in His work and agenda? How is your prayer life? Are you in His Word? How do you spend your time during the day? As I thought of these questions, I was reminded of the following parable:

Let's say that tomorrow morning you got a call from the president of your bank, and he told you that an anonymous donor who loved you very much would be depositing 86,400 pennies into your bank account every day. The only condition is that you will have to spend all of the money. You can't carry it over from one day to the next, and what isn't spent will be taken away. When you take out your calculator, you realize that it amounts to a lot of money each year.

Someone who loves you very much deposits 86,400 seconds into your bank of time every day. They cannot be carried over from one day to the next. There is no such thing as a 27-hour day. You are given 24 hours each day to use as you choose. And you can choose to give that time to the Lord. The Bible tells us to redeem the time, because the days are evil (see Ephesians 5:16). That means to make sacred and wise use of every opportunity.

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