Today marks the end of the year 2014 – what has this year been like for you? I am still processing what has happened this year, but all in all it’s been great! It’s the first year in a while that I haven’t traveled anywhere far – I decided to stay close to my family and church this year and not travel as I normally do each year. So, in that sense, it’s been good and refreshing and it has given me a lot of extra time with my family and church for which I am really grateful.
A Brand New, Well Packaged Gift for Everyone!
But another year starts tomorrow and we will all start on the same. It’s a new and free gift that is being given to us by the Lord God, our Creator. This brand new gift has been carefully wrapped and ready for us. The year 2015 will be the same for all of us in the sense that we will all be given the same amount of seconds which will culminate into minutes, which will culminate into hours, which will culminate into days, which will culminate into weeks, which will culminate into months, which will culminate into a full year. In 12 full months, the year 2015 will have come and gone.
Tomorrow, if the Lord spares us, we will all start nibbling away at this brand new gift. Second by second; minute by minute; hour by hour; day by day; week by week; and month by month – until we have spent the entire year. The wonderful thing is that we will all start with the same amount of seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, and months. Whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, young or old, etc, we will all begin the year with 31,560,000 seconds which is 525,600 minutes, which is 8,760 hours, which is 365 days, which is 52 weeks, which is 12 months. No one gets more or less – certainly no one gets more. Some might get less (in sense that they die before the year is over). But you get the point. Lord willing, tomorrow, we will all start with the same capital.
Living on 60 Seconds a Minute, 60 Minutes an Hour, 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week, 4 Weeks a Month, 12 Months a Year
How do you get started living productively? How do you avoid wasting time or your life? I would like to share a resource that has helped me in the past which I hope will help you as well. It’s a little book entitled, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day? written by a man called Arnold Bennett. You can download it on Amazon for FREE. Let me share a few quotes from the book just to whet your appetite:
It is always the man who has tasted life who demands more of it. And it is always the man who never gets out of bed who is the most difficult to rouse.
Most people sleep themselves stupid.
…Nine out of ten men would have better health and more fun out of life if they spent less time in bed.
Time is a great deal more than money.
Philosophers have explained space. They have not explained time. It is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible; without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically full with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. A highly singular commodity, showered upon you in a manner as singular as the commodity itself…No one can take it from you. It is unstealable. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.
You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it, you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness – the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends! – depends on that.
We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.
The most important preliminary to the task of arranging one’s life so that one may live fully and comfortably within one’s daily budget of twenty-four hours is the calm realisation of the extreme difficulty of the task, of the sacrifices and the endless effort which it demands. I cannot too strongly insist on this.
The BIG Question
How do you plan to use this capital – this precious assert called time in the year 2015? Sad to say, but it’s true: even though we will all be starting with the same capital, we will not all gain the same profit. In fact, for an untold number of people, this precious capital (time) which God is giving to us brand new and fresh in the coming year, will be “wasted” second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month until there is nothing left. Many will come to the end of the year and they will have nothing to show for it – only leaves but no fruit. Do you have a plan for how you are going to spend the time that God may give you in the coming year?
What’s the Big Deal?
You may wonder why I am harping on this string so much. You do well in wondering. What is my motivation? Simply this, God. God treats time seriously. He has allotted times and seasons for everything (see Ecclesiastes 3). He calls us to “redeem the time for the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). Jesus once said to His disciples, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4). These are just a few verses from the Bible which address this important issue of time. Simply put, God doesn’t want us to waste the time that He gives to us because in wasting time, we waste our lives. We can either get busy living or get busy dying.
What If I Have Already Wasted Time in the Past Year?
This last bit from the same book mentioned above is great – it gives us all hope regardless of how we have spent time in the past and with this I close:
The chief beauty about the constant supply of time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoilt, as if you have never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your career. Which fact is very gratifying and reassuring. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.
There you have it my friends. I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous (Un-wasted) New Year! I pray that you will get busy living for God in the year ahead. God bless you all – and thank you for keeping me company here on the blog! See you in 2015, Lord willing!