Redeeming our time…(Ephesians 5:16-18)

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There are no shortage of articles in the paper and on-line about finances. There are a ton of financial consultants, brokers, and investors competing for the business of managing your money- but no one is in the business of managing time.

We are bombarded with information about investing, retirement, budgeting, and colorful advertisements for sales and cost savings opportunities crowd our mailboxes (both physical and electronic). Isn’t it interesting, in comparison, how few articles are written about budgeting our time. Time is our most valuable commodity. After all, we can always earn more money- we cannot earn more time. While it is important to be responsible to manage our money, it is critical that we are also responsible with our time.

So why are so few articles written about time and so many written about money? I think it is because that we, as a society, are still very uncomfortable with our immortality- and the concept of running out of time is not one that we are very good at addressing. So let’s talk about it.

Paul writes in Ephesians 5, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”

When we redeem our time, and budget it appropriately instead of wasting it, we end up with more time to allocate toward our priorities. That isn’t to say that we have to plan out every moment of every day and deny spontaneity, but we should recognize our priorities and budget time to nurture them. Paul reminds us that the days are evil- they are filled with worthless time wasters competing for your valuable resource, time.

There is no time like the present to assign priorities and budget your time accordingly, to get to the business of forgiveness, and to prayerfully consider what God is calling you to do and hop to it. Don’t let the sun set on another day of holding grudges, giving resentment space in your heart and mind, and wandering aimlessly on your faith walk.

Instead of squandering our God given resource of time, what if we purposefully budgeted this resource? We can intentionally schedule our time and plan ways to do what God wants us to do. And just what is it that God wants us to do? Come back tomorrow…

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