Use your time wisely

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Eph­e­sians 5 vs 15 – 17 “BE very care­ful, then, how you live — not as un­wise but as wise, mak­ing the most of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, be­cause the days are evil. There­fore do not be fool­ish, but un­der­stand what the Lord’s will is.

I have a young lawyer who works for the firm of at­tor­neys that I use some­times, he is a very hard work­ing and fo­cused in­di­vid­ual. He has not been prac­tic­ing for very long but it’s ev­i­dent, based on the few times he has rep­re­sented me, that he has great po­ten­tial. The sky is the limit, should he em­brace some of the ba­sic rules of achiev­ing suc­cess and more im­por­tantly, al­low God to lead, di­rect and open his paths for him.

He came to visit me on Sun­day, he never done so be­fore but he did this past week­end. Dur­ing the course of our dis­cus­sion we fo­cused on the el­e­ments of suc­cess. Hu­man­ity tends to de­fine suc­cess as the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of wealth and its sub­se­quent ef­fects. I would like to dif­fer slightly with that as­ser­tion; suc­cess, in my view, is the sum to­tal of what we use our time for.

Time is one of those el­e­ments we tend to dis­re­gard but is some­how very im­por­tant in terms of how it shapes the peo­ple we are. So many op­por­tu­ni­ties are missed as a re­sult of how we bla­tantly mis­use this fi­nite re­source. It’s of­ten eas­ier to think of re­sources that are avail­able to us as things that are tan­gi­ble, yet time is also a re­source. It is a di­min­ish­ing re­source that goes through our hands with the pass­ing of each day.

Time is a gift that the Lord our God has given each one of us, it’s lim­ited by virtue of the fact that each one of us has a date as­signed to us that will sig­nal the end of our lives and the time that we have been al­lo­cated. Some of the great­est in­di­vid­u­als that his­tory has recorded have been in­di­vid­u­als who left an in­deli­ble mark on hu­man­ity.

We speak of great peo­ple like the in­di­vid­u­als who have de­vel­oped pi­o­neer­ing medicines, in­vented cars, cre­ated the com­puter and the smart phones, etc. These things have be­come a ma­jor part of our lives, all the great in­ven­tions of our time have had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on us.

One telling thing about these in­di­vid­u­als is that they in­vested their time wisely; they used ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that they were given to en­sure that the time that was at their dis­posal was used to achieve great things.

One of the big­gest weak­nesses of most peo­ple is that they don’t use the time that has been al­lo­cated to them prop­erly. Life in­vari­ably en­com­passes so many el­e­ments that calls for our time, but the great­est in­di­vid­u­als are those that achieve the most with this re­source that they have been given.

Take time to re­flect on how you spend your days; do you waste hours in­stead of ap­ply­ing them to pro­duc­tive use? Are you guilty of be­ing the sort of per­son who does not achieve very much from the start of your day till it comes to an end?

God has given us so many gifts, time is one of them and with each pass­ing minute the pe­riod that has been lost can never be re­cov­ered.

Do you yearn to be great, do you want to achieve amaz­ing things? You can be that per­son, it starts with how you ap­ply your mind to the time that you have. It’s so much eas­ier to come up with all man­ner of ex­cuses as to why you can­not suc­ceed, how you have been dis­ad­van­taged and how you have not been given op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The op­por­tu­nity be­fore you is the time that you have avail­able, be­gin to use it wisely. Take time to be re­flec­tive, to think, pray, wor­ship and to search for the Lord and His will for you. Use ev­ery minute that you have been given to make a dif­fer­ence, some of things you can achieve do not re­quire money or re­sources, they just re­quire ef­fort.

One day you will be called to ac­count for how you used your time, what will you say you did with it? Be­fore that day, re­align your life and be­gin to use ev­ery minute that you have been given for a pur­pose. You can do any­thing through Him who has called you. Use time prop­erly. Achieve more. You can do it.

Be blessed.

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