9/19/07

Spending Your ‘Time Account’

clockTime is so daily. That’s the good news...and also the bad.

Because time is daily, we can always anticipate fresh seconds, minutes, and hours tomorrow. But since time is daily, we can only spend it once, and sometimes we don’t make smart choices in managing our time.

I read about an unusual “bank” that credits every person on earth with 86,400 seconds of time, every single day. There is no balance of time carried over from day to day in this generous account, but every evening the balance we do not use (or wisely invest) is deleted. And we can’t draw on tomorrow’s time.

How does that make you feel? The first time I heard about this ‘time account,’ years ago, I actually sat down and wept with regret. I sensed God urging me to use my time more effectively, and I determined to examine my life and manage my hours better, seeking God’s will for each day.

A catchy lyric written by Pete Seeger and popularized by The Byrds is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The song—Turn! Turn! Turn!—reminds us that “to everything...there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” God has purposes for our time—sometimes work, sometimes rest, sometimes celebration, sometimes grieving. We need to be keenly aware of how we use every minute, because, as an unknown author wrote, it’s “just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it.”

My clock is running today and so is yours. Your “time account” is so freely supplied. Make the most of your 86,400 seconds as you seek God’s will (Ephesians 5:15-17).

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