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    • Mar3Sun

      Thinking About TIME

      March 3, 2019
      Technology today really is amazing. An e-mail just came in on my phone giving me my Google Maps Timeline. Wherever my phone goes it keeps track of a number of things for me. For the month of February it told me I visited 4 cities, I visited 21 places and I spent 46 hours in my car.
       
      It got me thinking about TIME. How about this quote: "Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back."   Harvey Mackay
       
      The average life expectancy for a healthy person is 80 years, or 29,200 days. How will we spend our time? Researchers say we will sleep 26 years; 8 months laughing; 5 weeks arguing and 30 hour crying. Facebook users dedicate 3 years posting social media updates. Women will spend 8 ½ years shopping. Men will spend 4 months of their lives shaving. 9 years and 10 months are given over to watching television. The average Christian spends about 7 months of their lifetime in attending church and having Bible reading and prayer at home.

      So, with all these stats, it raises the question - how am I using my time for God's glory? I like what Moses prays in Psalm 90:12 "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." The Apostle Paul gave similar advice "Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity ..." (Ephesians 5:15, 16)
      Here are a few tips:
      1. Special time with God, both in private and corporately.
      2. Invest time in relationships.
      3. Work hard in the things of life.
      4. Schedule regular times of rest (rest is not wasted time; God gives us refreshment through times of rest that prepares us to make better use of time)
      Well, there are a few thoughts triggered by my Google Timeline!
      Blessings
      Dr. "T"