MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MINUTES
UNHURRY HACK: We can invest in our time, but we can never make more of it. We can only change how we spend our minutes.
FIRST READ: Ecclesiastes 3
When I think of my day quantitatively, I cringe at the minutes wasted on things that don’t really matter. Can you relate? So how do we make the most of our minutes without being chained to our clocks and schedules?
God saw it fit to give us only 24 hours for each rotation of the earth. He was pleased with his creation and called it good. God then designated man to watch over his creation (Genesis 2:15). Do we also tend our minutes? Our days? Our years?
Complacently, we live as though time is a blank check with an endless bank roll. Because it is ours, we often feel entitled to spend it however we wish, after all its my life. We’re a little selfish to share it, and we always want more of it. Likewise, it’s tempting to covet those who seem to have more of it. In reality, each one of us is given 24hours…1,440 minutes…86,400 seconds to spend each day. Each day’s allotment this daily bread of time, and just enough for each day. Because God is perfect, so is the span He made for day and night.
Ironically, we spend a lot of energy trying to make more time. We hope to beat the clock and roll back time, but what about the minutes we have today? There is a lot of information out there claiming ways we can “save time.” Just google “time saving tips” and you can easily lose hours scrolling. Time is a funny Commodity. We can invest in our time, but we can never make more of it. We can only change how we spend our minutes.
Ecclesiastes 3 puts our time in perspective. For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven (verse 1). God’s timing is perfect and He is at work in us and through us. Sanctification costs us many minutes, but perhaps this is what matters most. When we lean into Jesus, our moments become beautiful time spent learning to be more like Him. These minutes spill out of us and onto others. Perhaps these 1,440 minutes were never really our own, but a gift from God to share with others and bring Him glory.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)
Solomon, in all his wisdom and experience, observed that while our day is important and full of activity, what matters most in life is our worship of the One True God. The Bible didn’t leave out a single piece of man’s heart and offers wise counsel in this area.
Solomon experienced all of life’s pleasures and achievements and came to the conclusion that getting to know God was the only thing that really mattered in life. He called everything else “meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 1:1). Life is a gift to be enjoyed, but God doesn’t want us to miss the best part…our relationship with Him.
What is on your schedule today? Will you spend some of your 1,440 minutes with God today? Reflect on the "5 questions to ask about your time" in the blue box above. Follow Jesus and let him show you how to make the most of your minutes this week.
Father God, thank you for this day--it is a gift from you. There is beauty and purpose in the season of life I am in today. Quiet my heart to spend time getting to know you better and listening to you Jesus. Show me how I can spend my days bringing you glory--truly nothing else matters more than my relationship with you! In Jesus’ Name Amen.