Rick Warren, in his book, “The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I here for?” wrote:
“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is T-I-M-E.”
We’ve all said once or many times: “Where does the time go?” The answer might be wherever we spend it. There are so many demands on our time but we still make choices every day about how we will spend our 24 hours. An entire industry of time management consultants, gurus, and experts has blossomed because so many of us need help making the best, the most profitable, the most productive, and the most meaningful use of our time.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told those who would follow Him that our time was first and best managed by trust. The writer of Proverbs echoed that in chapter 3: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths” (vv. 5,6).
On my wall, is a reminder to honor the time we have:
“Take time to work, it is the price of success;
Play, it is the secret of perpetual youthfulness;
Think, it is the source of power;
Read, it is the fountain of wisdom;
Pray, it is conversation with God;
Laugh, it is the music of the soul;
Listen, it is the pathway to understanding;
Dream, it is hitching your wagon to a star;
Worship, it is the highway of reverence;
Love and Be Loved, it is the gift of God.”