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Using Time Well

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We are given the asset called 'time'; as we grow in wisdom, we learn how to use time better.

Time is a big topic in the Bible, and this one blog post won't capture all the wisdom God unfolds for us in his word. So here are a few reflections about time:

First, none of us feel like we have enough time to get it all done; therefore, we understand that we can't do everything. But there is enough time to do what God has called us tod o.

Second, we all have the same amount of time: twenty-four hours every day, seven days every week, fifty-weeks every year. The issue isn't how much time we have, but what we do with the time we have.

Third, each of our lives right now are a reflection of how we have used time up to this point. If we are unsatisfied with the results, we need to use time differently. 

Fourth, it takes wisdom to use time well. Or, using time well is a reflection of wisdom. Moses prayer, 'teach us to number our days that we may present to you a heart of wisdom' (Psalm 90:12). Count each day as a unique gift from God to be used well.

Fifth, Paul instructs us to make the most of the time (redeem the time) - Ephesians 5:16. Although we can sometimes do that through efficiency - doing things better, the key is effectivness - which is doing the right things.

Sixth, the best way to ensure that we're doing the right things is to internalise the glory principle: So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). 

When we prioritise the glory of God - when we choose to value God's eternal perspective and make choices that bless him - it infuses everything we do with appropriate purpose, intention, and zest. Whether we are eating or sleeping, working or playing, excercising or tweaking our budget - if God's glory is our over-riding concern ... good things will happen.