If we are honest with one another, the most valuable thing that we have today is our time. It is often more precious than money. I can give money but if you are asking me to give up a Saturday to help you move, that’s different. It’s always amazing how fast we can remember the names of moving companies!
The early listeners of Scripture understood the value of time. I wonder if they too avoided helping their friends move from one tent to another. But it’s from them that we are reminded of how little time we have on earth and how precious each day truly is. Of this, David writes in Psalm 90, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” David is writing about what we already know, our time on earth is fleeting. The writer of Proverbs echoes this when he writes, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not what a day may bring.”
In Ephesians 5, Paul writes to, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.” Now there is an exciting phrase in that verse: “making the most of every opportunity.” But have you ever tried to make the most of every opportunity? I’m literally tired just thinking about it! It’s here that we must stop and have an important thought on the value of no in regards in how we give our time. It’s easy to look at the last part of that passage and forget the first part, “Not as unwise but as wise.” When we consider how we “give” our time to things, events, and relationships, we must determine if those things are worth it. Remember, where we spend our time is where we place our priorities.
This week, consider the things that you give your precious time to. Are you giving your time away to things that matter or further the kingdom of God? If not, take time to reflect and look for opportunities to give your time to bless others and do what God has created you to do.