Monday, November 23, 2009

Is There Ever Enough Hours in the Day?

Where does it all go? We are each given 24 hours in a day. Where do we spend most of that time. Many of my hours have been sucked up with work. But as I analyze my habits, I start to see the little pockets of time that could have been spent more wisely such as picking up a book or reading my Bible for the day.

Those few moments add up quickly and can mean the difference between a waste of time or an investment into the future or even eternity. I am going to attempt to redeem the wasted moments of my life by purposing to use my time for eternal investments.

So next time I roll over to hit the snooze button, I will get out of bed instead of indulging into those 6 extra minutes that turn into 12. I will use those spare moments for my quiet time or my trek to the gym that I have put off for 2 weeks.

The next time I surf the net for 2 hours for no apparent reason, I will get up and put a load of laundry in the washer or something else that needs doing. I plan to give my time purpose, rather than see it slip through the cracks.

In James, it says that our lives are but a vapor. They come and go in the blink of an eye. I don't want my treasured minutes to disappear with no edifying or constructive value.

So I begin now to make my moments count for eternity's sake.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tithing Our Time

Last Sunday a fellow church member gave his testimony of how he enjoys retirement by studying his Bible every day. He studies for about six hours per day and takes full enjoyment out of reading and meditating on God's Word.

This got me to thinking about how much time we are given each day and God's commandment to tithe in the Bible. When we think of tithing most of us immediately think of our pocket book. I started to think about how to tithe our time. If God requires the first ten percent, then we should be giving Him 2.4 hours of our 24 hour day or roughly 3 hours per day should be given to directly to Him.

Three hours sounds like a lot for someone who slips in a quiet time on her lunch break or prays five minutes before heading out for the day. I was thinking that these hours could be spread out through the day. The first hour or time could be a quiet time with the Lord and His Word. Another time could be physical exercise and renewal that is dedicated as seeds sown to the Spirit. The last time could be times of prayer all throughout the day. Whatever they may be, it sounds like a good concept to at least be willing to tithe our time.

God gives us our time. What can it hurt to give Him at least 3 hours of it? Who knows, it may surprise you with what may happen.