Redeeming the Time

You’ve heard the phrase, “Time is money”.  You have 24 hours each day, which equals 1440 minutes a day.  If you assume that you need 8 hours of reset each day and you need 4 hours a day for personal time for things like eating, dressing, bathing, etc. then that leaves you with 12 hours a day for you to invest into things like Worship, study, work, ministries, recreation, creativity, etc.  To put it another way you have 1220 minutes per day to invest into the activities that you deem the most important.  Consider your investment of time as you would a budget.  Where did you invest your 1220 minutes today.

You can understand a person’s values by analyzing his budget.  Since today is Sunday and it also happens to be the date of the Super Bowl, it would be insightful if we would evaluate how we spent our 1220 minutes today.  We often say that worship should be high on our list of values so we could count 1 hour for Sunday School and one hour for Worship services and 30 minutes for travel to and from these events making a total of 150 minutes of the 1220 minutes of your day, or 12% of your available time for worship which would say that you have made worship a priority.

Now let us look at a second event, the Super Bowl.  A game is 60 minutes but by the time you add in all of the commercials, the breaks in the game such as halftime, etc., the game will become a three hour investment or 180 minutes 16.4% of your day for entertainment.  If you add a pregame and/or post game event it could turn into a  major portion of your day

But you argue that the Super Bowl only comes once a year, which is correct.  But to be equally correct you should add in all of the time spent on football for the year.  It could be equally argued that Sunday only comes once a week so that percentage would be much less on a weekly basis.  It could also be that you spend time in your daily devotions, study, etc. which would also affect the percentages.  It could also be argued that football is only one type of recreation which would also effect the percentages.

My point is not to determine what the percentage is but to invite you to do some personal inventory on how you invest your 1220 minutes of each day.  It can be an eye opener, especially if you are honest with the total picture.

Because each day is filled with different opportunities as well as challenges, you will find that there is a variation of results and over a longer period of time it can help you to see where your values really are.  The main thing is that you make each day count.  It may be an expenditure, an investment or even a waste.  Your values will determine that, but even if you don’t agree with how you spent your 1220 minutes you still have the opportunity to adjust it each day you are given an opportunity.

I leave you with two verses that you may want to study a bit closer.                            Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.                               Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.


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