Time In A Bottle
- David Brown
- Jan 04, 2009
- Category: Time Management
If I Could Save Time in a Bottle…
If I could save time in a bottle
the first thing that I’d like to do,
is to save every day
till eternity passes away,
just to spend time with you.
American Singer and Songwriter
Of course, we can’t save time in a bottle. Time isn’t a commodity that can be stored like food, fuel or even money. We can’t store up time. We can only redeem it!
See then that ye walk circumspectly,
not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time,
To “redeem” means to buy up, to ransom and to rescue from loss. Time is a precious possession so we are encouraged to rescue it from loss. Psalm 89:47 says that our time is short. Ecclesiastes 9:12 says that we don’t know our time. Therefore, we must redeem the time that we have…while we have it.
My grandmother rode a horse to teach in a one room country school house. My eight year old grandson can send text messages from a cell phone. The point? Time is ticking away…and history is being made…while you’re sitting there reading and breathing.
God has given us some precious things. Gifts. Resources. Relationships. And Time.
Time consists of hours and opportunities.
Opportunities are simply highlited moments. They are those times when we say, “this is my time”!
God’s wisdom dictates that we rescue both our hours and our opportunities from loss.
The saddest people I know are those who failed to redeem their greatest hours and their golden opportunities. People make common mistakes with their time.
Some waste time focusing on the past!
Many waste their time grieving over past sins, errors and tragedies. If you happened to see the movie “Napoleon Dynamite”, you will remember Napoleon’s Uncle Rico. He wasted a lot of time lamenting his lost football opportunities of the past. Focusing on past disappointments and losses serve only to make you bitter, never better. Others waste their time by living in and focusing on past victories and achievements. They spend so much time reliving their past, that they completely relinquish their present. The Apostle Paul said that he forgot those things which were behind (both positive and negative) so that he might push toward his future in God. The past cannot be changed nor recovered! It can serve as the foundation of your present and future!
Some lose time only dreaming about the future!
Your future begins now…in the present! Don’t just dream. Do! Dreaming is good…if it becomes action. Do something with your time that will positively affect your future.
Some forfeit their future time by living only in the present!
The immature and the foolish live only for the moment. As the old saying goes…”those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. Learn a lesson from the ant…he stores up his food for the winter.
Each one of us has been given a great opportunity to grow, learn, advance, achieve and accomplish according to God’s plan and blessing for our lives! This opportunity…this highlited moment… is called 2009! Here are three suggestions that can help you to redeem it, making the most of it for God’s purposes in your life.
Learn from the past.
Prepare for the future.
Live in the present.
Yours for Victory in LIfe!
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