“I don’t have enough time!” It is a common phrase heard in today’s society – a society filled with supposed time-saving devices. Microwaves, Pop Tarts, dishwashers, DVR’s, faster and faster internet speeds and computers. All these devices are supposed to make our lives easier and free up our time. Instead, these electronics tend to save us time only to enslave us to do more in twenty-four hours. We now have phones that act like music players, internet browsers, gps’s, cameras, and video recorders – almost everything a person needs to feel chronically busy in the palm of their hand.
With the constant rush of life it can feel overwhelming and that there is not enough time to have a quality family life, accomplish everything required at work &/or school, and labor the kingdom of God. Busyness is a reality, but as J. Oswald Sanders reminds us in Spiritual Leadership:
Each of us has the time to do the whole will of God for our lives…Our problem is not too little time but making better use of the time we have. Each of us has as much time as anyone else. The president of the United States has the same twenty-four hours as we. Others may surpass our abilities, influence, or money, but no one has more time.
As in the parable of the pounds (minas in the NIV; Luke 19:12-27), where each servant was given the same amount of money, we each have been given the same amount of time. But few of us use it so wisely as to produce a tenfold return. The parable recognizes different abilities; the servant with less capacity but equal faithfulness received the same reward. We are not responsible for our endowments or natural abilities, but we are responsible for the strategic us of time (p 94).
So, how are you using your time when it comes to Jesus, the church, family, friends, work, school, and self-care?