if only I had more time…

30 05 2007

To continue the theme of busyness, I want to touch on the concept of being fruitful with our time.  It’s easy to say “I’d do more, if only I had more time”.  I’ve said it, and I’ve realized how stupid it is.  Consider this :

Don’t say you don’t have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. ~ H. Jackson Brown

We each get 86,400 seconds per day (1440 minutes).  Nobody gets more or less, yet some people obviously accomplish a lot more with their time.  It comes down to priorities.  Will we spend most of our time on non-fruitful activities, or will we sacrifice some of our lesser desires and interests to spend more time on what’s truly important?

I realize some people are in a better position for making a visible impact on the world, but our influence doesn’t have to be visible to millions of people.  We are called to serve God where we are, even if it means influencing “only” hundreds of people in relative obscurity.

We tend to judge greatness by fame and riches, but that’s not accurate at all.  (Especially when you consider that some people have both those attributes yet have accomplished next-to-nothing with their life.)  Our life will be judged on what we did with what we have.  It’s not everyone’s calling to do something “big” (as it looks to society).  But we are all called to glorify God by being a light to those around us.  We all know people who could use some help in either finding God or in knowing Him better.  Let us all be wise stewards of our time, doing what we can.

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30 05 2007
Chris Davis

See. I thought the more famous and influencial that one becomes… the more time they get… So it doesn’t work that way?? Bummer. 😉

I like to think that Billy Graham, Smith Wigglesworth… or even Jesus had more than 24 hours.

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