Well, I just used up another one, and so did you! I’m not sure how many we have left, but the supply keeps dwindling. We only have a set amount and when they are gone, they are gone. We can’t buy more, and we can’t stretch them out further. I am of course talking about years. We just finished off another of our limited supply. In some ways it can be like money, because people tend to not worry much until their supply is low. That’s why older people are more aware of the limited supply than younger people. In other ways spending time is very different than spending money. I can choose not to spend money (at least to a certain extent), but I can never choose to stop spending time. I can save money up for when I need it, but I can’t save time (even if I have a lot of “time-saving” objects).
Like money, we all have different amounts of time. Some folks are blessed with a lot and others have very little. Psalm 90:10 say, “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.” Some like my mom make it past that average, others like my dad didn’t make it that far. We can do many things to try to extend those years (eat well, exercise, etc.), but we never really know how much those add. We all have heard of athletes who die young, and people with poor life habits who live long. We just have to accept that our years on this globe are uncertain.
Unlike money, we will all spend exactly the same time each day, week, month, or year. I can’t save some minutes back for a rainy day, nor can you spend more than anyone else in any given day. We don’t know how many years we will live, but each year we all spend exactly the same amount of time. What varies from person to person is not how much time we spend, but simply how we spend it. We also read in Psalm 90:12, “ So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” We can use time wisely or we can waste it. Ephesians 5:16 adds, “ making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
Some read those verses and determine that we should work hard each moment of our life. They are the ones who make unrealistic resolutions on New Year’s eve and set unreachable goals. We certainly are to work, but ir work is to be balanced by our rest and recreation. Jesus reminded us of the importance of that principle when he said that man was not made for the Sabbath, but that the Sabbath was made for man. We need to spend some of our time working, some resting, some enjoying friends and family, some in study, some in ministry to others, some together, and some alone. In all of that we can spend each and every moment glorifying God – for He is the one who created time itself.
Resolved – “Live each day of 2010 for the glory of God.” That is certainly the greatest use of our time, honoring Him in all we do.