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Tempus Fugit

How much is your time worth? If it’s as valuable as you think it is, why do you waste so much of it?

The Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 5:16 to “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” Traditional translations such as King James substitute the idea of “redeeming the time.”

Our time—just like our minds, bodies, and souls—must be redeemed to yield it to God’s use and for God’s purpose. Time is the overlooked gift that we neglect to steward when of all things we are born with, it is the most finite and precious resource we have.

Time is a fixed commodity, 24 hours per day, over a seven-day week. That observation may be obvious, but if you were to keep track of your time as you do with your financial budget, what would be the return on your investment?

The way in which you spend your time may not always accomplish something specific, but in God’s economy, your time must be accounted for.

You have been given a lifetime of opportunity, to lead, influence, mentor, encourage, and serve.

We tend to measure accomplishment by what we produced, what is seen, but the number of dollars in the bank account at the end of the day. But is that God’s measure?

The verses that precede and follow the admonition to make the most of every opportunity speaks of intentionality: “Be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise… Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”

The way I think of this is to be in the moment.

Leadership, influence, mentoring, encouraging, and serving is relational. Your time is not only to be spent on accomplishing the tasks that align with your calling but also in the relationships that surround you. Your spouse, children, colleagues, and community all need you to choose to engage in meaningful ways with your gift of time.

I bet you can think of at least one opportunity you didn’t make the most of recently. I know I can, and I’m resolved to be a better steward of my time.

After all, I can earn more money. I can't earn more time.

Tempus Fugit, time flies.

Today is a new opportunity. Make the most of it.

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