Biblical Perspective of Time: Where Did The Time Go?

Ecclesiastes 3 NKJV
3 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
I came across this simple poem that talks of the tragedy of wasting time.
When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept. When as a youth I dreamed and talked, time walked. When I became a full grown man, time ran. And later as I older grew, time flew. Soon I shall find while traveling on, time gone.
Too much to do and too little time to do it! That’s a statement that I hear quite often yet when I look around, many of us cannot even account for what we do in a 24 hour given period. We all get the same amount of time in a day, 24 hours no matter what continent you are in or your status in life. What you do with the time you are given is up to you but as they say, time waits for no man it keeps rolling whether you utilize it or not.
The Bible tells us that there is a season for everything and a time for every purpose under heaven. This means that God has given each one enough time to fulfill the purposes for which he created you. The conflict of too much to do and little time to do it comes in when we fail to prioritize. Many people do not know how to differentiate between what unnecessary, what’s urgent and what’s important.
Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Some of the common regrets people have on their death bed is associated with wishing they had pursued purpose, wishing they had given more time for the important relationships in their life or wishing they had not lived their life always trying to please others. Mixed priorities.
Our values dictate what we allocate to our time. It is only when we align with our maker and read his word that we are able to know what his will for our life is and why he created us. Then we are able to value the things he values and allocate time to them.
All in all, we should always prioritize the things we do with eternity in mind.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Reflections:
What are the most important things in your life, your values and how much time do you give to them? (By the way if you don’t have time for it then you do not value it.)
Do you “Budget” your time so that you ensure the most important things don’t get neglected? Reflect on how your typical day looks like.
What activities are time wasters in your typical daily routine and what are you going to do to change them?
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