Don’t waste your days.
You don’t own your days. So make the most of it.
A woman in therapy was 61. Only at that age did she finally give up drinking. Hear what she said about her days:
“The worst part about it is all the wasted time. No one can give back to me all the days of my life I spent boozed out of my mind. You can’t imagine the regret I feel.”
God has given each one of us 24 hours or 1,440 minutes a day. No more and no less.
It’s not unlimited. Someday that gift of supply of 24 hours or 1,440 minutes a day will stop coming and cannot be replenished.
This unavoidable given proves that we don’t own our days. For sooner or later, each human goes through illness and death.
James reminds us clearly of that fact: our lives are fleeting.
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
Because of this ultimate reality, our material possessions, talents, relationships, accomplishments etc are really never our own.
God gives them to us to be spent like temporary currency. It’s drawn from the wallet of our limited days.
Since our days are owned by God, our stewardship must consider every second, every minute, every day precious.
Humanity is fickle. Too many of us waste our limited days for selfish, addictive, or meaningless reasons.
Augustine said that to glorify God is the very reason we were given life and being.
Don’t waste your days. Use them wisely and meaningfully.
“Of all the gifts God gives us, surely the most precious is the gift of time. Seconds, minutes, years are all life-parts, assembled and ready for our use in his service. The sand of our lives is running through the hourglass—fast, steady, precious. It is so precious that when we give it back to God, it sets the angels at their alleluias. Yet we cannot give our entire lives to God at one time and have it done with for all time. We must surrender second by second.” – Dr. Calvin Miller, “The Disciplined Life”