Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Read, Pray, Reflect, Rest"

There are 168 hours in every week. Let’s assume you sleep 8 hours every night, that’s 56 hours. Let’s assume you give 60 hours a week to your vocation or avocation. Subtract those two items from 168 and you get 52 hours. Let’s assume you spend 30 minutes per meal. That totals 10.5 hours per week.  We are now down to at least 40 hours per week of discretionary time. That time is mostly used for cleaning, cooking, laundry, and shopping.

What do you do with your discretionary time? Most Americans spend the vast majority of it in front of a screen. Now, that is not wrong or evil. The question is, are we redeeming our time as the Bible suggests?

If you just carved out 30 minutes a day for reading that would amount to 120 hours per year. In that amount of time you could read a lot of books, or read through the Bible in a year. Time is one of God’s wonderful gifts to us. It is a precious commodity. How does a child spell love?  T – I – M – E!

In every 24 hours, there are 96 15-minute blocks. How often do we just kill time for 15 minutes? I try not to waste a 15-minute block of time.

Self-esteem is related to self-discipline. What is your philosophy of time management? I hope it includes –
reflect, and
–then you can dream holy dreams.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this reminder about time, Dave. You have used yours wisely over 50 years of ministry. You live what you preach!