How do you approach time?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

We all have dreams and goals about how we want to spend our time. Our personalities, backgrounds, culture, and ideals help shape how we view this priceless commodity. How we view time also influences our work habits, play time, and personal relationships. None of us are alike.

We have the same amount of time each day: 60 minutes per hour x 24 hours = 1,440 minutes. If we subtract approximately 8 hours for sleep, our gift dwindles to 960 minutes.

You and I fit into at least one of these views:
  • Some accept responsibility for how they spend time. They are filled with purpose.
  • Some envision an opportunity to make the world a better place for others.
  • Some fear time hammering away at their lives and struggle to stay young.
  • Some grasp time and can’t do enough for others, while others can’t do enough for themselves.
  • Some ignore time and believe it’s a state of mind.
  • Some perceive time as a math problem, an infinite calculation.
  • Some plan their time as if their happiness depends on tomorrow’s circumstances.
  • Some prioritize time by the events of their lives.
  • Some risk all they have to run a step ahead of time.
  • Some spend a majority of their time working and others practice balance.
  • Some strive to be good stewards of the minutes, days, and hours given to them. They are mindful of every minute.
  • Some view others who take a break as wasting time while others view resting as a necessary part of their day.

Perhaps the best way to understand how we individually regard time is to remember this acrostic.

T – True — Be true to who we are and what we believe.
I – Initiate — Start now to take responsibility for ownership of our time.
M  – Meaningful — How we spend our gift has to mean something for us.
E  – Evaluate — Take inventory of what we do with every moment we’re given.

No matter how we grasp life, time marches ahead. If we aren’t careful, it will leave us behind.

Abraham Lincoln said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

How do you approach time?

DiAnn Mills

 

 


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Comments 6

  1. Cathy Gross

    A few years ago I had a diagnosis of “Probable malignant pancreatic cancer”. By the grace of God, I did not have pancreatic cancer. The value of the lesson was that I realized I do not fear death. But I saw that I have not served my God with my whole heart. It’s not about earning my way to Heaven. It’s about living out my profound love for Him and I felt I was coming up short. So each day, I take care of, or serve whomever God puts in front of me. Sometimes it’s the tired clerk at Walmart and sometimes my elderly parents or sick siblings or being kind to the postman. I do not worry about time. Instead, I try to live a meaningful life.

  2. Frances Wilson

    DiAnn
    It’s a fact. We all have the same amount of time to do what God placed us here to do. God has entrusted it to me.
    He has given me 61 years, much of which, I have, to my sorrow,not used to His glory and honor. I am, however, still on this side of life, so I can still use time for His glory.
    I can do that by following God’s agenda. It is an awesome task, so I take bite-size portions: seeing life, and people, through His eyes every moment.
    Thanks, DiAnn for utilizing time- allowing God to use you, to challenge me the
    way, you have.

  3. Vee Spivey

    Dianne,
    Today is my 72nd birthday and I loved your list! I live “intentionally” each day because my time belongs to the LORD. I’m so appreciative of each and every second that He has given me. Before Jesus came into my life at 32 years of age, my life was a huge mess! I would probably have taken my life or at best, be estranged from my family.
    On Feb. 28, I can say that I have a wonderful marriage of 50 1/2 years, all my two sons’ families are saved ( 5 grandchildren) and they are all active in a Bible believing church.
    Our lives are not perfect, by any means, but we love our Savior and are His!

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