On Leveraging Our Most Valuable Asset: Time

Time is the currency of life.  

Ephesians 5:15, 16, 17. Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

 

When we think of stewardship, money is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But time transcends money. Time cannot come from money, but money comes from time. Time is the foundation of all things and its worth is incomparable. Yet few sermons and little thought go into stewardship of time and the opportunity of urgency therein. Perhaps it’s because we tend to view life in “months and years” rather than hours, moments and seconds. The problem with a long-sighted view of time is that it dulls any sense of urgency about life and what is possible in our time here. It creates the illusion that there is an endless supply of time on earth, and it spurs procrastination, complacency and confusion. If we want to be wise as a serpent over our most precious asset we must eliminate our vague interpretations of life and view our time in hours, minutes, even seconds, NOT days, weeks, months, or years. And although it’s not about counting our minutes, it is about making our minutes count, and being intentional with God’s gift of time that matters. It’s about being deliberate as we plan each day and giving credence to what God wants to do in every moment, situation and conversation. In its most distilled form, stewardship over time is a reverence of the life we’ve been given, and so much so that we take it with the seriousness God intended so we can experience its full value. It’s something like “gratefulness of time” creates “great fullness in time.” Yeah, something like that.

 

The question is: Do you look at time with little urgency and live as if there is an infinite supply? There isn’t.