How Do You Use Your Time?

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Time is the most important commodity today. That’s why we break it down into years, months, days, hours, seconds… Our culture today teaches us to value each second because time is money. But, is that really all there is to time? Or is there something more?

Most people today spend more time at work, pursuing whatever goal they’ve set their mind to. Days turn into months, which turn into years, which turn into decades. Then suddenly we realize that we’ve spent all this time trying to accumulate wealth but we’ve let the relationships we have die.

Life is about moments.

The memories we share with our loved ones, the experiences we chose to create, and the time we spend worshipping God…These are what truly counts.

How do you use the time you have?

Ends are for yesterdays, not for tomorrows. – Mitch Albom

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There was once a Westerner who took a vacation in a small fishing village in Mexico. He would often have a cup of coffee in a café at the port. He observed that the fishermen would get up at 9am, spend time playing with their kids, eat lunch, then in the afternoon they would start fishing. Then at 4pm, they would return to the docks for some latin dancing at the local bar and have a cold beer with their buddies.

Then one day, he asked one of the fishermen. “Why do you spend only 3 hours a day fishing?

To which the fisherman replied, “What do you mean, señor?”

“Well,” the foreigner said, “If you spent 8 hours a day fishing, you would catch twice the amount of fish than you do now. Then you can sell these at the market place for more profit. You can use the extra profit to buy more boats. To manage these boats, you’d have to extend your working hours to 10 hours per day and hire more people. Then you can buy ships, perhaps even move out this small city to expand your business. You can go corporate and ship your catch all over the world.”

 “And then what would happen when I become wealthy?” the fisherman asked.

“You can then retire to a small fishing village, sleep until noon, go dancing in the afternoon and grab a cold beer at night.”

Sometimes, we can be too busy that we forget to enjoy life and make the most of what we have – now. You can think – someday I’ll be able to enjoy what I have. But, what’s wrong with enjoying it now?

There is a reason God limits our days. That is to make each one precious. – Mitch Albom

Imagine what it would be like to live forever. You would then have no sense of time – because you know that you wont ever run out of it. I can’t comprehend being immortal. Nor would I want to. Many people dread growing old. After we reach a certain age, we stop counting our years. But each year added to us is a blessing. Because wisdom comes with age.

In this quest for more hours, more time, more accomplishments, for progress…the joy of simple living has disappeared. We have ceased to appreciate the beauty of each sunrise or the majestic mountains. We look at all this natural beauty around us and no longer see it. Our minds have become consumed with the next meeting or the impending deal to close. Even when at home we are not fully present with our family as we are constantly preoccupied with checking our emails, answering texts, updating our status on facebook or surfing the internet. We stay connected at arms length.

When you measure your life too much, you cease to truly live it.

Life on this earth is temporary. That’s why we must be intentional in making every moment count. Our relationships are something we ought to treasure. Our relationship with God, our family and our friends – these are what truly matters. Let’s not be too busy for the people that matter the most.

Last week it was my mom’s birthday. And although she is a few thousand miles away, I still managed to surprise her with a birthday gift (with the help of a friend). My mom has been such a positive influence in my life. I wouldn’t be where I am now without her. Things like these are the least I can do. Although I’m so busy with the realty and with going after my dreams, I promised myself I would never be too busy for people that matter to me – especially for my family.

Time has a habit of flying too fast. The last thing I want to do is sacrifice the relationships I have in the pursuit of wealth. Because really, money is just a tool to honor God. And that’s what I truly want to do with my life – Honor God and make disciples. Everything else is secondary.

How do you use the time you have?

It’s not about being busy. Because, let’s face it, we’re all busy. It’s about setting priorities.

I have my priorities.

What are yours?

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

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