Are You Spending Your Time Wisely?
Time is one of the most valuable commodities you have. You can make more money, but you cannot make more time. Don’t waste the time you have on this earth. Your time is precious, your time is valuable. We are not always going to be here. Today is a gift. Are you living it with purpose, passion and pursuing your goals? Or are you distracted, wasting time? Working at a job you do not like? The Scriptures say to redeem the time that we have.
Paul says in Ephesians 5:15-17:
Make the most of every opportunity. Don’t be vague and thoughtless, but live accurately and purposefully.
Time is flying by, it stops for no one. Before you know it months can pass and you can have made no progress whatsoever. It is important to set goals to reach by the end of the month, to reach by the end of the year, and goals to reach within the next five years. Don’t go another two or three years in the exact situation you are in now. When it comes to life, you do not get a do over. You cannot relive parts of your life. You do not get to relive your teens, twenties, thirties or forties.
Time is just like money. You are either investing it or you are wasting it. Be an ‘on purpose’ person. Do not just wait to see what happens in your life, make progress and steps toward your end goals. Don’t be a victim, be a victor. Do not allow yourself to be a victim of your circumstances, past missteps or accidental wastes of time, be a victor through God. We all go through valleys, but the valleys can lead you to higher ground if you continue to move up and move forward.
Here are some of the biggest time wasters:
- Spending hours a day watching TV
- Playing video games
- Spending hours on Facebook
- Talking on the phone for hours
God has given you a present: it is called today. What are you going to do with it? Scripture talks about living well spent lives. When you go to bed at night ask yourself if your day was time well spent. If not, think about how you will better spend time the next day and weeks. Stay focused, it is easy to get distracted with all of the different things we have in the world, it is up to you to make the decision to not let yourself be distracted. You look up at the clock and the day is gone, or the year is gone, or 10 years have gone by.
God put you here for a purpose. You are not just a person here on earth taking up space. You have seeds of greatness in you, you have the power to do great things and the power to make a difference in people’s lives – to be a to good things not only for yourself, but also to be a blessing to others. This is what I feel called to do. This is why I write reach out through blogs and on social media to help people. I hope I am making a difference in your life.
On a regular basis, reevaluate what you are doing. Get rid of distractions, prune things in your life that are a waste of time and move forward.
Do not let people waste your time, do not waste your valuable time trying to convince people to like you or to agree with you. When you realize your days are numbered, you move with a purpose. You don’t let people take your happiness. On a regular basis, reevaluate your friendships, if they are not healthy or a waste of time, prune them off. If people are critical of you, bring you down or are naysayers, prune them off. Are they building you up or are they tearing you down. Do not make a big announcement to the person that you will be spending less time with them, just call them less, return less of their calls and make a point to make new friends, better and more positive friends.
You may hesitant, thinking to yourself, “If I let them go I will be lonely”. You may be lonely for a little while, but remember, you never give up something for God, without him giving you something back greater in return. God will not only give you new friends, he will give you better time. If you have friends that help you become sharper and are positive, great! If not or you need more, find them at networking events – many great, positive and forward thinking people are at professional networking events!
Quit making excuses. Don’t waste any more days. Live with a purpose. Even if you move at a snail’s pace TOWARD your goals, you are still making more progress than if you were on a treadmill, going nowhere. Even crawling is making progress, but do not crawl – RUN! Run towards your goals and progress. Invest your time, redeem your time, and do not waste it.