Importance of Time
“We all start out in life with one thing in common; We all have the same amount of time. It’s just a matter of what we do with it.” This quote by Harvey Mackay has me thinking some about the importance of time and how I use my time. Each day, week , and month, I find myself often wondering where time went, so I decided to analyze my time for one typical day. Many of these items overlap but it is still eye-opening. “Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16.
|What I do?
||How much Time I spend?
|Quiet Time with God
|Family (including screen time)
||4 hrs 20 mins
|Work without Screen Time
||3 hrs and 45 mins
|Work with Screen Time
||12 hrs and 20 mins
||2 hrs and 10 mins
*All times are rounded off and generalized.
What do I see? I work too much and spend too much time in front of a screen whether work or personal. What I say is important just does not look that important in my life. An obvious adjustment would be to disconnect from devices. So my question to anyone reading this is how important is time and how should our time be distributed. Take some time to analyze your day.
Although, I can honestly say that I am not an overly active social media user. I do spend time scrolling, some might call it “trolling”, social media. Most of my online activity is on Twitter and blogging. Otherwise I am just scrolling and viewing others. Now that I type this it seems sad because it really is a waste of my time to scroll social media apps. Could I do without it? My immediate answer is yes! “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14.
Taking the time to analyze how I use my time really makes me realize how using social media and/or other various apps can become an addiction. I started thinking about my time after finding this video on Facebook of all places. Yet, It has caused me to think about my time and what my mind and life could be without so much influence and addition.
This video causes me to wonder whether screen time is an idol in our society. At what point does using social media and other apps move from productive to addictive and fall into idol status. “Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.” Jonah 2:8.
What Does the Bible Say About Time?
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
I need to use my time living life not watching it pass by…
Closing Verse: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalms 90:12
Challenge: I definitely want to challenge you to take on the challenge of becoming social media free for a determined amount of time. I am definitely accepting the challenge from the video in June!
#WatchGod: This week my prayers continue to provide a work environment where things are booming. Viewing social media, how ironic!, I see this person is spending more time with friends and nature. I pray this is a calling from God and he is speaking more deeply in his/her life.