I live and operate under the conviction that time is the most valuable resource I have to give and offer in my life.
Do you doubt me?
If someone in your family died, would you want your closest friend to 1) spend the night grieving with you or 2) give you $500? What is going to help more?
Your time is valuable. Don’t let yourself ever think otherwise. And in the same way that Jesus says, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:19), I firmly believe that we spend our time according to the posture of our hearts.
In the same way that God created all things and that all things on heaven and earth (including finances) belong to Him (Ps. 24:1), God also made all time and all time belongs to Him. So when we waste time, we are actually wasting a valuable kingdom resource.
Let’s take a quick example. Mosaic has a prayer night for Unbound, our ministry to end human trafficking, once a month on a Sunday night. Many college students say they are passionate about ending sex trafficking, but when that Sunday night comes to pray for Unbound they all have homework due Monday. What a bummer! By not going to Unbound, that college student has missed out on 1) cultivating a personal discipline of an active prayer life by praying for an hour, 2) joining with their church community to pray about a common passion and 3) helping women and children who are in desperate need of breakthrough. And if that college student decides to put off homework and go to the prayernight instead, I would argue that they are not being good stewards of the plans God has for them in college. It’s a lose-lose. Why? Because the time they needed to make both college and prayer work was already squandered earlier that weekend, when the student either woke up at 1pm on Saturday morning, spent three hours playing video games, or had some other fascinating but ultimately time-wasting activity.
You may think that I am being harsh. The truth is, being a medical student at a top university, I have had extremely busy seasons of my life. And I’ve learned that I need to be ruthless about my time management in order to enjoy and partake in everything God has for me.
Time is the great equalizer: everyone has the same amount of it, and no one can gain back lost time. Nor can you really save up time as you can with money. It is a resource that is immediately available and must be used in the best capacity, in the moment. Because our time must be used in the moment, our choices with it reveal our true motives and values.
In every situation where we can control our time, the things that we do are the things that we truly value. So what do you truly value?
By Ben Drum, Neighborhood Section Leader