Everyone has time wasters in their life. For some, it is television or video games, for others it is the Internet. We all have had that moment where we look up at the clock and realize we just wasted half of the day on this certain activity. With all the technological toys and gadgets, cable channels, and websites out there, it is very easy to do. I know. Trust me on this. I know there are days I waste plenty of time and kick myself for doing it.
I just watched that movie Wall Street with Michael Douglas (the sequel). In the movie, Gordan Gekko (Douglas’ character) is released from prison after an eight year sentence. When talking about money he says, “if there’s one thing I learned in prison it’s that money is not the prime asset in our lives. Time is.”
Time is the most precious commodity we have. It is something we can not save up for a rainy day. It is not something we can buy more of. We only have the time allotted to us. The truth is nobody knows how much of it we have. It can run out at any moment. Often times, without sufficient warning.
I mentioned in another post about how God’s gift to us is life and we don’t know when it will run out. As tragedy strikes, people’s lives can change in a matter of a few days or hours. When life is cut short, it affects so many others-spouses, children, friends, etc. This was once again brought to my attention with a recent death of someone in my life.
Time is the Greatest Equalizer
Time is the greatest equalizer of human beings. It doesn’t matter if you are poor or rich, old or young. No class of people have more of it than any other class. This is true for all ages, genders, and races. Every single human being has 24 hours a day and they can not get more. All the money in the world can’t buy time. But you can spend it wisely or you can waste it. Or you can invest it into something good or valuable.
So much of this precious time is spent on things like getting MORE money or how to have nicer material things. Other times we waste it on things that do not involve live interactions with real people – we “collect” friends on Facebook, we get the highest score on an Internet game, or we text others while we miss out on the conversation going on right in front of us.
How much time is invested into loved ones, the community, or time with God and all the beauty around us?
Obviously, money is necessary for life on this planet. We all have to pay our bills, go on vacation, invest, etc. Yes, money is a required commodity, but it is also to be used to help make the world a better place. It is not to be squandered so you live well above your means and you idolize things more than relationships.
“The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”
“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” ~Henry Ford
So, how do you invest your time?
The word “investment” is used here because the way we choose to spend our time truly is an investment in ourselves and the future of our own lives, the lives of our loved ones, and our community.
Be productive with your time.
It becomes quite easy to waste time and not get anything productive done. But, if you organize your time efficiently, focus on the important tasks at hand, choose motivating and inspiring activities, you will have more time to invest in other aspects of your life.
Analyze how you waste or invest your time. Remember, time is our greatest asset and we never know when we will run out. As the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem!” translates, “Seize the Day!”