I was recently talking with one of my students, during the conversation we started talking about spending habits. She shared with me how difficult it is to resist buying items of clothing that she likes. I agreed with her, as many of you can undoubtedly relate as well. It got me thinking about my spending habits as well which prompted an important thought, life changing even. The thought was, we don’t pay for things with money, not really anyways, we pay with our time. Let me explain. Most of us have jobs, and we negotiate our time in return for money. We use this of course in exchange for goods and services. But what are we really using to purchase items? Our time! That was a mind blowing thought for me.
At the beginning of each year, I cut like an inch or even less of my hair. I Have done it for the past two years. No, I am not superstitious, but it is something I do to promote the growth of my hair, as others may do even more frequently. I also decided to evaluate my schedule as well, as it relates to job opportunities, studies and personal aspects of my life as well. Through prayer and great thought, I decided to move away from some of those opportunities because I thought it never really served me as much as I had hoped and because it was taking a lot of my time, and it wasn’t apart of my top priorities. I shared all of that to say. Cut off all dead ends, not only relating to hair, but all aspects of your life.
Often persons are more careful about how they spend\invest their money but not their time. Money can always be retrieved but time lost is lost forever. Let that sink in.
Think big picture. Prioritize what is important for you and spend most of your time on what truly fulfills you. Don’t think here and now. Think then and hereafter. The value of life is not in the length of your life but how intentional you use that time everyday. I am a believer in God, I believe in heaven. He has prepared a place for us to dwell with Him forever. Let’s invest together not only for this earth but for the earth made new.
Your time is an invaluable gift. Use it wisely.