Yet Another Reflection on Time

On October 4, 2015, in Personal, by july

I have recently been thinking on reshuffling my activities. Over the past month, I’ve done a little bit of assessment on where my time is invested. Knowing where to best invest one’s time in requires prioritizing. Here’s how things work for me. The rule of the thumb is to invest all my time to honor God… all of it. Therefore, my time investments fall into five categories: (1) A responsible allocation for rest ; (2) A responsible allocation for growth ; (3) A responsible allocation for investing on other people’s lives ; (4) A responsible allocation for time with God ; (5) and a responsible allocation for sustenance.

(1) A Christian who does not spend responsible time for rest will not be able to serve God in his best. Jesus reminded us that the Sabbath is holy and that it is created for man. Man requires rest to function. If we constantly deprive ourselves of rest, we deprive ourselves of efficacy. Resting responsibly glorifies God.

(2) A Christian who puts a lid in his growth does himself a disservice in so many ways. Perhaps the most important is that he fails to see the world as it is. We are all strangers, foreigners. The Kingdom of Christ is not of this world and neither are its citizens. To keep oneself from growing intentionally is to invest his time elsewhere. Time will be spent whether you want it or not. Man cannot make up for time squandered. Squandered time is lost time. He who refuses to grow is forced to lag behind the race.

(3) Jesus said, “make disciples of all nations”. Christianity is not a political religion. There is no glory in taking over the world in Christianity. As in (2), this world is not Christ’s kingdom. Therefore, one has to allocate time for building up other people… equipping them for the life ahead. There are always people who are better. Learn from them, encourage them. There are always people who are your equals. Iron sharpens iron. Grow alongside them. There are still those who are less than you. Teach them. Mentor them. Help them grow. In all these, invest on people.

(4) Time with God is perhaps the most important of all these. Jesus once said, “abide in me and I will abide in you. If you abide in me, you will bear much fruit. If you don’t, you can do nothing.” Abiding implies communication. Two ways. He who takes the lion share in speaking when praying learns little from praying. Too much noise in prayer blocks out the impressions of God. Prayer time is valuable time. It is not an afterthought. It has to be scheduled.

(5) If I do not work, I do not eat. Lee Kuan Yew was right. It is not up to us to wait for food. The world is not cut out for lazy bums. Thus, one also needs to honor God in his work. The apostle Paul once wrote, “do all things for the glory of God.” I am gifted in some, deficient in most. This is how all men are. In all these however, honoring God at work may, perceptionally be left unknown, but our boss in Heaven knows.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16
 

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