Saturday, February 21, 2009

What Time is It?

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. [5] Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. Psalm 39:4-5

For most the last 16 years we have had a big mirror clock hang over our living room fireplace. Whether you were in the kitchen, dining area or living room you could see this clock and consciously or subconsciously keep track of the time. About six years ago we moved into a different townhouse. When you move in it takes a long time to get all the things hung back up on the wall. After living here about 5 weeks we finally get around to hanging that big mirror clock back up in our living room over the fireplace. Somehow that made it feel like home again because we know what time it was. It’s amazing how much Judy and I both missed that clock during its absence from our wall reigning over our home as a constant remind of what the time was. We never realized how much we relied on it until it was gone. It had a subtle way of reminding both of us of the importance of always keeping track of the time.

Like Moses in Psalm 90, David shows his mindfulness of his brief time on earth. He asks God to help him number his days (Ps. 39:4-5), which ought to be the prayer of every believer. Wise people work to redeem the time they have (Eph. 5: 16-17).

Management expert Peter Drucker has been quoted as saying “good leaders need to regard first of all not their task, but their time.” Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves if the tasks we are involved in are worthy of the investment? We need to be reminded occasionally that time is like money, and good “spending habits” are essential. It’s just that in this case the units are minutes, not dollars.

Are you aware of how you are “spending” your time? If you don’t that’s a danger signal. On Sunday we talked about “time blocking” as a means of blocking out time you have control over and using it to fulfill your God given responsibilities. If you understand this concept you are more motivated to save small bits of time and consolidate them into a chunk of time that can be spent on something worthwhile- that’s like “found money!” It is a purposeful attempt to move a chunk of time in to eternity by investing it into the eternal bank.

If we will number our minutes and hours, “numbering our days” will be easier. How about you, do you know what time it is? When was the last time you asked God to show you what time it is? David prayed that way maybe we should too. My time is up for writing this article and I must close so I can invest time in preparing a Sunday school lesson for tomorrow. My hope is that the article and tomorrow’s lesson is an investment that will pay rich dividends in some life for the glory of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

PB & J

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