Do you know what the number one most unappreciated gift that God gives us is? Time. Every day that he allows us to wake up and breathe in and out one more day… that is a gift. Each day that he gives us to spend with family, friends, and loved ones… that is a gift.
I once heard a quote that said, “How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.” If we need more money we can work overtime, pick up extra shifts, or sell belongings. However, if we need more time we are out of luck because you cannot simply earn or add more hours in the day.
If you want to know where a person’s heart really is then look at their schedule and see how they spend and prioritize their time.
We can’t bottle time and save some on a shelf for tomorrow. We can’t borrow time or steal it to make our days longer. No, we are each given an equal allotment of time, twenty four hours, to use or abuse. We can chose to utilize our time to reach out into the lives of others, making a difference in the world; or we can chose to selfishly keep it to ourselves and strive to reach our own goals and agendas.
Time is the great equalizer; each day God deposits the same amount of time into the accounts of the most powerful CEO as he does for the humblest of the homeless. Time does not play favorites; it treats everyone with unbridled equality uninfluenced by power, work, or wealth. Time is unforgiving; you cannot go back and fix mistakes but you can learn from them.
We get an equal time each day– but not one of us knows how many days God will grant us.
“Show me, LORD, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.”
Psalms 39: 4-5
Because our lives are fleeting it vital that we recognize God’s gift of time and starting living life in the light of this knowledge so that we can make the greatest impact FOR HIM.