Time

An inspiring message brought by Pastor Agus Lutan today. It’s about TIME.

t.i.m.e.

According to some experienced people, you are able to see what is the value of a person by observing the way he used his time. Does he spend time with his family? Is he busy working? Does he waste his time doing nothing? And I think it’s really true. If you value your friend, you will spend your time with them. If you value your money, you will give more time to work. If you value your partner, you will sacrifice your leisure time and try to spend as much time with her. Value study? Then you would probably be studying as we speak and never ever read this blog in the first place (hahah, jk. drinking tea makes me high).

The Bible also tells us to “use our time wisely”, because you will never know if tomorrow still exists. Sometimes, it is as if time is the only asset that you have, which does not have a pause, stop, play, or even a rewind button. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

So, what should we do with our time?

T: Treasure.

A wise person knows how to treasure his time for the right things. Psalm says that a human’s lifetime is 70 years, 80, if lucky. and that is nothing compared to the eternity. Sometimes we just forgot that we are living our days now for the sake of where we’ll be spending the rest of our lives in eternity. Treasure your time, don’t give it on an auction sale. Seize the opportunity NOW. you want to make a change? do it now. you want to reconcile with your peers or family? do it now. you want to tell your someone special you love them? do it now. because tomorrow may be too late.

I: Invest.

If a businessman knows where to invest, what to invest, and when is the right time to invest, let me tell you, he’ll be successful by now. As a human, we should also know towards what things should we invest our time on and when is the right time to do so. The first thing that we need to invest our time is: GOD. Remember, it’s ETERNITY. There’s much more to life than just these 70 years. Receiving Christ as our Saviour only is not enough, we need to invest on that salvation. (see my posts on Driven by Eternity for further message about these stuffs).

The second thing is: family. Even though the pastor only says family, I would like to add friends and other people towards this category. Albert Einstein said, “only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile“. Translated into Christianity, that means: THE PEOPLE COUNT! You need to invest your time in your partner, your parents, your children if you already have, your best friends, your friends, and even strangers. And I really mean a real investment here. It takes sacrifice, it takes effort, it takes TIME. Let me ask you this, would you rather be known as a stingy, rich person or as a friendly person who cares about others? would you rather be known for your high grades in school or to be known as someone who impacts other people’s lives? Money, fame, and all other things will be gone, but people are made for eternity. They last.

Last one: money. It’s true that people may be cynical about this at some point. But if I may, I would like to translate this category as passion. It’s about to do what you are good at, what you like, and to reach your goals and your success. If you are a teacher, don’t teach half-heartedly. If you are a barista, be the best barista in your place. If you are a housewife, be a mother that your children would be proud of; a wife that your husband adores. If you are a businessman, be an honest businessman, with persistence and endurance. In other words, if you have a passion in something, go for it. work on it. Invest your time on it. Not half-heartedly, but with determination.

M: Manage

Do you know that the Bible says that our days are “numbered”? We will soon be gone like a wave tossed in the ocean, like a vapour in the wind. So the next part is to manage our time. One key word here: know your PRIORITIES. Managing your time means you know what is the most important (of course, God), and what comes next (i.e. family, friends, ministry, work, etc). You need to manage your time because we only have 24 hours in a day, and not a minute more.

Remember an old quotation: We can never turn back the pages of time, though we may wish to relive a happy moment, or say goodbye just one last time, we never can, because the sands of time continue to fall, and we can’t turn the hourglass over. Anonymous

E: Enjoy

Remember to relax and enjoy life. Enjoy it with the ones you love. and the most important thing: remember to enjoy everything, the bad times, the good times. Because Ecclesiastes says that “there is time for everything.” And God can take part in every moment of our lives and turn it into good, even though we are faced with problems.

A Time for Everything

 There is a time for everything,
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot,
 a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,
 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,
 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
 a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,
 a time to tear and a time to mend,
   a time to be silent and a time to speak,
 a time to love and a time to hate,
   a time for war and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3

As a closing word, I would like to remind all of you, once again, to use your time wisely.

Because “Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.”
Randy Pausch.

Have a blessed Sunday, all.

 
#Postscript.
 
“Life can only be understood backward. It must be lived forward.”
 
“Life isn’t about keeping score.
It’s not about how many people call you and it’s not about who you’ve dated, are dating, or haven’t dated at all.
It isn’t about who you’ve kissed, what sport you play, or which guy or girl likes you.
It’s not about your shoes or your hair or the color of your skin or where you live or go to school.
In fact, it’s not about grades, money, clothes, or colleges that accept you or not.
Life isn’t about if you have lots of friends, or if you are alone, and it’s not about how accepted or unaccepted you are.
 
Life just isn’t about that.
 
But life is about who you love and who you hurt.
It’s about how you feel about yourself.
It’s about trust, happiness, and compassion.
Life is about avoiding jealousy, overcoming ignorance, and building confidence.
It’s about what you say and what you mean.
It’s about seeing people for who they are and not what they have.
Most of all, it is about choosing to use your life to touch someone else’s in a way that could never have been achieved otherwise.
These choices are what life’s about.”
Anonymous
 
P.ps. I feel like watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button right after I finished this blog. I love that movie. sooo much. :))
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