[Papercut Press Publishing] 1999-02-08 - Improve Your Time

Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above and not on the things of the earth.”

I notice that lives end in lots of different way. A man recently died in Manitoba, Canada and according to spokesman Jim Hull, the medical examiner’s report concluded that the man “choked to death after biting calluses off his feet...”. Life is precious and let us never forget that. Let us never forget to live our lives as if every day was a gracious gift from God.

The old saying that we should live every day as if it was our last is really not that helpful. If today was your last day on earth, would you go to work today? If so, I want your job. The fact is that we can’t live each day as if it were our last, but we can live as people who know we will one day be called upon to give an account for how we have used our time in this life. Here are some thoughts on time and our use or mis-use of it.

  1. Time lost can not be recovered. You can not go back in time and study harder for that math test you blew, or recapture the thousands of hours you may have lost watching sit-comas or soap operas. You can’t have that time, or any time, back. Time spent is time spent. It is gone.

  2. It is God who gives you time. We all know people who were given less time that us and who have now been called upon to give an account for their time. Consider how blessed you are to have been given more time than they. Consider, also, that you will now have more time to give an account for your use of.

  3. Delay not, improve the rest of your time Yes, time lost is time gone. But you have today. You have as long as God graciously gives you breath. Make the most of today. If you had, in the past, made a resolve to read your Bible each day before you turned on the TV, renew your resolve today. If you had decided to get up 15 minutes early each morning to pray before you start your day, set your alarm back now, or make a note to do so.

Whatever your situation...you have today to make the most of. You have now to improve for eternity. In three months you will not have now, you might have then, but now will be gone. Make the most of today in your service of Christ and act as a servant faithful to his/her calling.

“Oh, then be ashamed, Christians, that worldlings are more studious and industrious to make sure of pebbles, than you are to make sure of pearls.” Thomas Brooks

Soli Deo Gloria,