As seen in the yesterday’s devotional, it is the person who knows that every passing time, if allowed to be wasted will hardly be recovered again that organizes self to redeem the time standing before him/her. The phrase “Redeeming the time…” in Ephesians 5: 16 appears in Colossians 4: 5 also. When the Bible says we should be redeeming the time, it wants us to live in constant awareness of the tickling clock and make the best use of the time. Today’s devotional is poised to ignite our minds on the best use of our time with few Biblical and secular quotations on best use of time. Many people blame not making good use of time on none availability of time. They always complain of “there is no time…” But Zig Ziglar says this: “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” He means we should be guided by direction to make best of our times.
An unorganized persons rush his time of doing certain thing. It is not how fast things are done within a given time. We Christians can spend longer time consistently to make the best use of the time. The Preacher said that: “…the race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned, but time and chance happen to the all” (Eccl. 9: 11). We are simply told here, not to be worried of time ahead as not sufficient to finish what we began but to face it consistently till the best finishing is established. Chinese proverb says this: “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” Many of the world business and political icons grew into their positions through slow growing processes. Please be self-organized enough to grow at slow and steady pace. Don’t stand still complaining! The speed use to walk is different from the racing speed. This informed Apostle Paul to say: “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” (Colossians 4: 5 KJV). So, arrange your time and follow things slowing and consistently. Avoid express result like those without wisdom.
People with self-organized ability do not wait for when time seems available. Most of them makes the time available instead. This means they plan their time and do something within the created time. One quote on time management says: “It’s not about ‘having’ time. It’s about making time.” As Christians, we should be able to make time for what to do and avoid procrastinating. We Christians should be able to live and work as long as we have life in us within any time we meet. There can never be “optional time” as any time is ultimate time to do the needful. This could be the reason a quote by Miles Davis says: “Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.” Making good use of time so to live an organized life involves self-discipline to plan and follow what is planned successfully. This will be looked into tomorrow.
ALMIGHTY FATHER, make me know that every tickling sound of the clock means a lot to me for converting the time to useful results. Also, grant me strength to work within my time frames and not to waste it in Jesus name.