What Time is It?

If you struggle to use your time wisely check out these strategies.

When my oldest grandson was about a year-and-a-half old, he developed a fascination with clocks. He would look up at the clock and ask, “What time is it?” We would answer with the correct time and go on playing with him or eating our lunch.

Two minutes later he would ask again, “What time is it?” We would tell him the time.

Two minutes later he would ask, “What time is it?”

Two minutes later he would ask, “What time is it?”

You get the idea. Aaron was constantly curious about the time.

This week in my Bible reading, I came to Psalm 39. Verse 4 says:

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is.

And I was reminded that I need to be like Aaron and pay attention to what time it is.

Now I could tell you strategies for time management. I could share secrets on how to plan your day wisely. I love that kind of thing. I love planning my day and making a to-do list and checking off the finished tasks.

But this post has only two strategies for making the most of the time you have on earth.

First, I need to remember that my time on earth is short. Psalm 39:6 says:

We are merely moving shadows,
    and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
    not knowing who will spend it.

I ask myself, “Am I using my time wisely? Or am I busy rushing here and there–not accomplishing anything important? Am I trying to heap up money in my bank account or accomplishments on my resume–all the while knowing those things are not eternal?

An eternal perspective will make me more aware of how well I use my time.

Secondly, ask God what He wants me to do with my time.

Psalm 39 goes on to say:

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
    My only hope is in you.
 I am silent before you. (v. 7, 9)

In January I sat down and planned my year. I made some goals. I developed a strategy to keep my life on track.

But while goals and resolutions are important, the most important thing I can do is ask God what He wants me to do.

Psalm 39 reminds me that in addition to making goals I need silence. Silence before God is what it takes to hear Him. Silencing my rushing mind helps me to hear what He wants me to do. Silencing my both my fears and my ambitions help me to step out onto the path He wants for me.

“What time is it?”

It’s time to realize that time itself is a precious commodity. I want to spend it wisely.

Question: How do you find silence to hear God’s voice?

 

 

Comments

  1. What beautiful words and Scripture! I must confess to laughing at the start of your blog post, because my sister had a fascination with clocks at that same age. One day, she stared at a clock for a long time watching the hands go round and round. Then she asked, “Can it still tell time if it’s two go-things are tied together?” LOL! Time is SO precious. Especially when we consider what God has placed us here to do for Him. Thanks for this timely reminder. :)

    • LOL! The two “go-things” tied together! Time is precious–I loved what you said about considering what God has placed us here to do for Him. We each have a purpose. Sometimes I waste time trying to live someone else’s purpose.

  2. “Time” is my one word for this year; I loved this post as you’ve echoed my heart. Indeed time is a precious commodity, especially when we ask God how to best utilise it.

    Your site is beautiful.

    • Ilona, “time” is a great word to focus on for the year. May God bless you as you focus on how to best use the special gift!

  3. Rosemary Burritt says:

    Beautiful words! Overcontrol has to be one of our problems. You reminded me who is in charge and said it beautifully. Planning is wise , but better with assistance from God! It is so easy to let the world take you away or suck you in. I once read that the average person sees 6000 ads a day. Gotta get the priorities right! Thanks again.