Time Part 3: Who do you spend it with?

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  it is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away –James 4:14

The past two days I’ve discussed time and how it is a precious commodity that we don’t know how much we have.  It could be a few seconds more or years.  In the last two days I have discussed those who sacrificed their time to serve my country and what we do with our time in serving the Lord.

Who do we spend our time with and who do we allow to have it?  In some ways this post will sound harsh and I don’t mean it to be.  Many people want a piece of our time, if you remember in the past two posts, we have roughly 10 years of our life that is up to us on how we use.  That’s roughly 12-13% of our life.  As I said, many want a piece of our time.  Quite frankly, many of those people want to waste our time.  I don’t really apologize for not letting people waste my time.  Don’t take that as I’m not willing to give my time to my family or friends.  We should also be trying to make a difference and help people out.

We should spend our time with the ones that we love and care about. Just as we have a limited amount of time, so do they. We never really know when our time together will be done.

In closing, we should always be respectful of others time, not to waste it. We don’t want people to do it to us, so we should not do it to them. I know I’ve been guilty of doing it.

Time Part 2: What are you doing with it?

In yesterday’s post I discussed Time and how it’s such a limited quantity. After 33 years of sleeping, 13 years of working, 11 years of sitting in front of a screen, and then about 11 years of other activities; we only have about 10 years of life to do with what we want.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.-Psalm 90:12

How do we spend our 10 years of life that we can do anything with? Do we pilfer it, or do we use it to the fullest of our ability? Just as we will have to answer for not using the gifts that God gave us, I believe we will have to answer for our wasted time. None of us know when our time on Earth is done. It could be today, tomorrow, 50 years from now.

We don’t have the time to keep putting off doing something for the Lord, for people in general. Many people talk about how they want to make a difference, but then do keep pushing it off, saying they will do it later. Reality is that you might not have later, you might only have today.

I would encourage you, if you feel like you’re being lead to do something for the Lord, you do it today, as tomorrow may not happen for some of us.

Time

There is no more precious commodity here on Earth than time. Time is more valuable than gold, platinum or silver. It’s more valuable than all the money in the world. Why is time so valuable? It’s limited. What makes it even more valuable, is the fact that we don’t know how much we really have. The average person in the Western World lives around 79 years of age. As we all know, some die within days or months of being born and some live into their 100’s. At any moment we don’t know if we only have a few seconds or years left on our life. People that are in the prime of their life, die of a heart attack and everyone is shocked. Car wrecks, other accidents, and illnesses can all bring an end to our time.

On average we spend the following time doing these items:

  • Sleeping 33 years
  • Working 13 years and 2 months
  • Screen time (tv and social media) 11 years 4 months
  • Eating 4 years 6 months
  • Vacationing 3 years
  • Exercise 1 year 4 months
  • Socializing 2 years 1 month

So that list comes out to about 68.5 years, meaning if we live on average 79 years, we have 10.5 years to do with what we want. We start discussing some of the other things we do in a day, like brushing our teeth, going to the bathroom, and doing chores; that 10.5 years has dwindled down even more. Ten years is not much time, roughly 13% of our life we have the ability to determine what we will do with it.

The thing is, many people want your time. They want a share of that 10 years you have. Why do we freely give away our time?

So I’m going to take this in a completely different direction than expected. I want to personally thank, this Memorial Day (United States holiday), the families of the men and women that gave up some of their time, to serve in the armed forces and gave the ultimate sacrifice. . . their life. Although serving in the military is job, there is that key aspect that those individuals that gave the ultimate sacrifice, put themselves in a situation to protect our country and have no more time.

Many of us, would not put ourselves in a situation where we lose time, where we lose years off our life (not intentionally anyways). These men and women did. For that I thank you, so that I can live in a country with so many freedoms. We have our problems, but I don’t have to worry about discussing Jesus, I don’t have to fear all the time that something is going to happen to my family. I’m free to chose my career and who I want to be.

Again, thank you to the families of those that have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Split Second

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1

I’m a planner, I have my life planned out and in my mind I know how it’s going to go. Reality is that I have no clue what is going to happen in 10 years, a year, a month, a week, a day, an hour, or even a few seconds from now. Although we should plan for the future, we should not be consumed by it. As stated in Proverbs 27:1 says, we do not know what will happen tomorrow.

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow: for what is your life? It is even a vopour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14

Our life is nothing but vapor in the general scheme of things. We see vapor as we’re boiling water. It rises from the pot and then within a few seconds vanishes into the air not to be noticed anymore. So what does this mean in regards to our life?

Just like the vapor vanishes into the air, so will our legacy. Yes, there will be some people that are remembered in history, but most of us, after a couple of generations nobody will remember who we are. How much we have obtained (see http://manofproverbs.com/raining-money-doesnt-grow-a-great-life/) over the years. The old saying you can’t take it with you is true, in fact, it is more like they’re going to take it from you

Live now! We all have regrets in life. I wish I would have tried harder in college, I wish I would have been more outgoing and involved, but at times I was afraid or I was too busy saying I have time. Now that I’m 10+ years out of college, I’m starting to realize that time is soooooo valuable and most my fears were trivial. I think about all the time I wasted, doing absolutely nothing.

Our vapor of a life is only a few set years here on earth. Some of us may only have a couple of years, some of us may have 100 years, but we don’t know. Time is so precious, it’s more precious than money, silver, or gold. We need to make what we do count. Quit wasting time with people that don’t care for you. Stop wasting time not accomplishing something. This is why I’m not a fan of video games, it drains hours of time from you when you only meant to play for a few minutes. I haven’t played video games for 5+ years and I don’t miss it. I’ve accomplished so much more with that time. Build your relationships, build your marriage, spend time with your kids, help with your community . . .do something productive.

Tomorrow may not be the same. We could easily end up in an accident that limits our abilities. . . what regrets would you have?