Missions is…Investing my Time Wisely
Friday I was able to celebrate my forty-fifth birthday. It was a relaxing day filled with rest, and fun with friends. Friday was also an opportunity to examine my life, and make goals for the future.
one of the personal goals that I made was to live with a deeper purpose. Put simply, this means wasting as little time as possible.
Though 45 isn’t considered old, I’m reminded that my mind and energy level isn’t what it used to be :-). This of course is natural, since the body wears down as we age. This is why Solomon encouraged his son to “remember thy creator in the days of thy youth.”
Though having limited energy and mental focus is a natural thing. What I DO with those limited items is incredibly important. In other words, I must invest myself in what truly matters.
This means using my time wisely. As as Jonathan Edwards put it; “Resolved, Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it
in the most profitable way I possibly can.
now “not losing one moment of time” is an unrealistic goal since time will be spent on unimportant things. The focus of Edwards is instead to see time as something incredibly precious, and invest it in things that truly matter.
This is easier said than done because it’s incredibly easy for me to become distracted from the important things 1 and spend time on the more comfortable or enjoyable tasks.
Of course enjoying yourself is not a sinful thing. However, I’ve found in my own life its easy to become “constantly distracted.” There will always be something else to do that turns me away from the mission of God.
fighting distraction and investing my time wisely is hard, but it can be accomplished by focusing on my later years.
Proverbs 5:9-14 contain some of the saddest words in Scripture from a man who at the end of his life, realises that he wasted it.
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: 10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; 11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, 12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
These verses remind me that energy and time are precious commodity that must be invested carefully. Those who live a distracted life will like this man say on their bed “i’ve wasted it!” Much better to say with Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
Today more than ever I’m reminded every day is a gift from God to be used for His glory. And it must be invested in the things that truly matter.
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