One of my greatest downfalls, which may turn out to be someone else’s blessing as I share this, is the countless occasions I’ve wasted my precious time. The bad part is, I always knew before-hand that my time would’ve been wasted. The “time-wasters” never truly lined up with who I am, my goals and my needs.
One would think that after chronically experiencing the consequences of indulging in time wasting, it would be an easy feat to dodge. But apparently, I loved wasting my time. I write this to solidify my decree, that I will not be a time waster anymore. I am also hoping that you save yourself from wasting time because if no one ever told you in this way—Time is difference between you living and you dead.
The sad thing is many will die having spent much time doing nothing pertaining to their REAL purpose. It’s even more frightening to think of an entire generation birthed with so much potential, going down to time, without ever recognizing who they are, what they’ve been given and using the time they’ve been given, to make the impact they were brought here to make. I encourage you to take a minute and think about that.
My friend, nothing else quickens me more than thinking about living an unfulfilled life; a life where I never experience the unequaled joy that comes from doing the exact thing God had in mind, when He formed me in my mother’s womb. When I think of the wonders of pregnancy and childbirth, I think about the creation of a unique masterpiece that can never be recreated. We are all masterpieces, none greater than the other, but all having breathed life with specific purposes to serve. It is now our responsibility to steward what we’ve been given. With all the treasures knitted within our DNA, we’ve been given time to make use of them. What do you feel is coded in your DNA? Not the career that you want, I’m speaking about God-given purpose.
Having felt convicted about how valuable my life’s time is, indulging in “time wasters” made me miserable. Mostly because after a while, the outcome became too familiar. It is important to reach the stage of recognizing what is unfruitful and subsequently pushing yourself to make better choices. I would often scold myself when doing something in contrary to me respecting my time and achieving my goals. However, there were times when I just didn’t feel like acting on it. For example, I didn’t feel like logging off social media, didn’t feel like saying no to the event I would not enjoy. I certainly didn’t distance myself from temporary people who I knew weren’t meant to be permanent. Of course it started with the little compromises, which then summed up to giants as time passed by. It cost me priceless time, energy, tears and a few wrinkles on my face. But through constant efforts of deciding to make the right choices and total surrender to God, I was able to enter a season where nothing was worth me wasting another second carelessly.
Hopefully something has resonated with you at this point. The question now is, how can you start respecting your God given time in this very moment? Perhaps it will help to make a list of things which you recognize is wasting your time. I’ve adapted a pretty harsh approach to dealing with effecting change of these time wasting activities! I simply STOP IT! CUT IT OFF! WALK AWAY! GET UP! Every single time I confront the time wasters head on and desist. It will take some will-power and repeated efforts, but apply prayer to the equation and I promise you that it will become easy.
I will leave this scripture with you and in another post, I will be sharing about how I have learnt to use my time more meaningfully. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 KJV