Devotional for Saturday and Sunday December 30-31

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” Psalm 90:12 (HCSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Use your time wisely.”

 

Our time is precious. We only get a limited amount of it and once a moment is gone, we can never have it back. And so we need to be wise about what we do with our time. That’s the lesson of Psalm 90:12. That does not mean that we need to stay in perpetual motion, always doing things, always striving to accomplish something. Not at all. Sometimes the best use of our time is to do nothing at all. Sometimes we need a break.

 

But still, when it comes to how we use our time, wisdom is called for. Generally people fall victim to one of two tendencies which result in wasted time, or time that was not used well. The first tendency is to fritter away large blocks of your time doing nothing of any value. Hours upon hours of video games falls into this category. So does excessive television watching.

 

The other tendency many people get trapped in is what has been called “The tyranny of the urgent”. In his editorial contribution to the “Every Man’s Bible” Dr. David Jeremiah writes, “We must keep in check our own tendency to put the big things aside for the little ones. It’s what Charles Hummel called the “tyranny of the urgent” – putting the more important thing behind the more immediate thing. In any given moment we need to be aware of the wisest way to invest the moment we so briefly hold in our grasp.”

 

In a previous devotional I told you that President Teddy Roosevelt is one of my personal heroes. Through the books he himself wrote, and through the books that have been written about him, he has served as something of a mentor to me. Some observations from those close to him about how he used his time include, “He squeezed every ounce of living from his experience, day to day.” And, “TR safeguarded his time ruthlessly so as to have time for the most important things.” And also, “He believed that life was worthwhile; that the years and days were given to a man in trust, and that it was a crime to waste even an hour.”

 

2017 is almost over. 2018 will begin in just a couple of days. If you are fortunate enough to live through the entire year you will have 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, or 8736 hours. Will you use that time wisely? Do you have a plan that will help you to use it wisely? As I said, we do not have to be, nor should we be, in perpetual motion. It’s important to use our time productively but we also have to be smart and we need to have balance. Plan to be productive. Don’t make excuses. But don’t burn yourself out.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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