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.
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?
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 pray that you will get busy living for God in the year ahead. God bless you!