Tuesday, May 15, 2012

You Can't Take it to the Bank

"If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,000 that carried over no balance from day to day...allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening cancelled whatever part of the amount you failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent every day, of course, and use it to your advantage! Well, you have such a bank, and its name is TIME! Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as lost whatever of this you failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balances, it allows no overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account with you. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow." ~ Source Unknown

We probably don't think of time like we do money. We live in a society of consumers and therefore in our minds the importance of money has increased. If we value time, for many of us it is only because we believe that "time is money."

We waste a lot of time! For example, statistics show that each day gamers spend over 200 million minutes playing "Angry Birds." Since the game's beginning a few years ago, the world has wasted over 200,000 years playing this simple little game. This is only one example. We can talk about facebook usage, or television hours, or smoking breaks...and then we can get into some real numbers concerning unproductive time.

It is not wrong to take a break and play games. It is not wrong to entertain oneself or to stop working for a few minutes. But if we are honest, we will admit that there are a few things we spend too much time doing, and a few things we do not spend enough time doing.

There are two things in particular that we all need to do more. These will never be a waste of our time. 1. We need to read God's word. This is how He talks to us. 2. We need to pray. This is how we talk to Him. You cannot build a relationship with God without spending some time with Him!

We have only one life to live. We only have so much time to get to know God before He judges this world. If we know about everything else, but we have no relationship with the One who created us, we have wasted the time we have been given.

Time must be used wisely, and it must be used today. You can't take it to the bank!

"...redeeming the time, because the days are evil." ~ Ephesians 5:16

1 comment:

  1. Thank you. Good words. I can certainly use this encouragement to encourage others. God bless.