Time Well Spent
Posted on August 11, 2014 by

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Time Well Spent

-Pamela Procter

I once saw a demonstration involving rocks, pebbles, sand, and water. (Use your imaginations, ladies.) If you put the water and sand into a vase first, it leaves very little room for the rocks and pebbles. If you place the bigger items in first, the smaller things can fill in the empty spaces. This was a lesson in how we use our time. If we fill our days with the little unimportant things (television shows, Facebook scrolling), it leaves very little room for the “big things” (reading your Bible, praying, serving others).

“The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away .So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Ps 90:10,12)

Time is a gift from God. Time, along with our other gifts that God has given us, is to be stewarded well. Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time,because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Let’s break it down:

  1. “Look carefully”: Look back on the past week. If you worked 40 hours, accounted time for travel, and had to prepare and eat meals, this probably totals 10-11 hours daily. The average person is awake 16 hours a day. How did you spend those five hours? What took up your free time? Was it wise or unwise?
  2. “Not as unwise but as wise”: What kinds of shows are you watching? Do they promote biblical values, or do they exalt infidelity, lying, and selfishness? What images are you looking at on your computer screen? Are you having conversations that build one another up and encourage, or are you talking about someone behind their back (without using their name, of course…Social media etiquette seems that you can post a status pointing out someone’s faults without being guilty of slander or backstabbing if you just say “someone” instead of tagging them)? Before you go to bed at night, do you make time to pray and practice thankfulness, or do you fall asleep with your smartphone in your hand?
  3. “Making the best use of the time”: What things are important to you? Your calendar and your debit card can easily answer that question if you are stumped for an answer. Put the “big rocks and pebbles” in place first. Scheduling the things that NEED to be done first may allow you time for the things that you WANT to do. If your WANTS and DESIRES are valued more that your NEEDS, ask God to give you the desires of His heart (Ps 37:4)
  4. “Understand what the will of the Lord is”: Well this certainly isn’t an easy point to break down! What is God’s will for me in my life? Ladies, let’s prayerfully go to God and ask Him. I know where you can find some answers to this question- His Holy Word. 1 Corinthians 5:7 says it best; “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” God has called us to be holy because He is holy (1Pt1:16).

“All of us make decisions based on what we really love. If deep down we love the world, this will become apparent in the pattern of decisions that we make—we will look mainly like the world. But if we really love Jesus we will increasingly love what he loves. This is the transformation of a renewed mind. And our love for him and his kingdom will be revealed in the pattern of small and large decisions that we make.”-From a Desiring God blog “When God’s Will Isn’t Clear”:

Let us not forget that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Don’t condemn yourself if you have made foolish choices in the past. We can use our time to glorify God! Find a group of ladies to encourage you and hold you accountable to how you are spending your time.

 

 

http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/what-is-the-will-of-god-and-how-do-we-know-it

  • Frank Perez

    Amen!!

    • Randy Procter

      Great word…God may we seek your face and have your heart beat