Do You Have Time to Read This Article?
By: Zach Collins
William Penn once wrote, “Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.” Time. Time is defined as, “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.” In the great words of my Co-Host, Keith Olbricht, “No matter who you are, no matter how tall or short you are, no matter where you live, no matter what you are experiencing, one thing remains constant, time.” Every day, and every week, everyone experiences the same amount of time, twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. For some, that time is too short. For others, that time feels like time without end. However, what is the constant in life that we spend the least amount of time contemplating but the most time consuming? Time. Usually, we do not contemplate our time, especially the use of our time. We just complain when we run out of time. But, that’s just it that time is our time. It is only relevant or pertinent to our lives. It is at our disposal and we can consume it as we see fit.
I was watching a television program the other day about a man who longed to meet his soulmate. He remained single throughout the first part of his life; persistently searching for the woman of whom he knew existed. He dated, and dated, and dated, until finally, in the middle of his life, he met the woman for which he longed. All this time, she was right under his nose. As he was nearing the end of his life, and his wife had passed on, his son asked him this question, “If you could do it all over again, how would you spend your time differently?” He responded simply, “I would walk down the street, find your mother, and spend more time with her.” While poetic, this rings true for most people in life. As people near the end of their life, no one ever says, “I wish I had less time.” The notion is always, “I wish I had more time” or “Where has the time gone?”
The word time is mentioned over 500 times within the entirety of the Bible. My favorite Bible verse about time is, easily, Colossians 4:5-6. These verses say, “5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Let us key in on a specific phrase within those verses that Paul says, ‘redeeming the time’. What do you think Paul means by saying, ‘redeeming the time’? I believe he is focusing on the concept of time, specifically the concept of lost time. How many times have you said, “Wow, I just wasted my time” or “There goes an hour of my life that I never get back.” These are direct quotes from myself and if you are similar to me, these are stated at least once a week. Sometimes our time is taken away involuntarily, by aspects we cannot control. But, how many times have we let other ‘things’ seep into the crevices of our life and waste our time, voluntarily? These ‘things’ can vary from bad habits, to creeping on Facebook, to procrastination, to sin. Yes, sin. If you are not a Christian, (and I hope that you are), when you make that decision, (and I hope that you will), you will evaluate your life before and after that decision. If you have lived a life of corruption, sin, and transgressions, that evaluation will most likely not be something you cherish. In fact, it will be filled with regret. First, you will regret the ‘thing’ that you willingly let waste your time. Secondly, you will regret the negative effect wasted time had on your life. Third, and finally, you will regret the fact that you do not have more time to renew the time you wasted. Nevertheless, a beautiful correlation that exists between time and becoming a child of God is simple, since Jesus purchased our sins with his blood; we are able to buy more time with Him. However, this time is not worldly in nature. No. The time we have bought lasts much longer than any year, decade, or century within the hypothetical realm of time on Earth. The time we have bought, by becoming a child of God, lasts for eternity. And that, my friends, is alot of time.
Lastly, in these verses, I believe Paul is raising another important question as well, a question that we should use to evaluate our time and our lives. That question is simply, ‘How are you spending your time?’ In my life, I have made it my mission to affect the lives of others in a positive manner. This is evident through my career choice as a future educator, along with my various hobbies and interests. If you are reading this article, or have read any of my previous materials, I hope that my time and words have affected your life in a positive manner. With that being said, is your time affecting others in a positive manner? In order to make our time meaningful and fulfilling, your contribution to society, or those around you, must define it. You must leave a presence or legacy that supplants your impact on others. However, you must first start by evaluating your time. That begins with asking and answering this question, “How am I spending my time?”