What’s the biggest mistake we make in life?
An old wise man replied, the biggest mistake we make in life is you think you have time.
Time is free but it’s priceless. You can own it but you can use it. You can’t keep it but you can spend it. And once its lost, you can never take it back again. Granting the average person lives 75 years, we spend an average time of 23 years of our sleeping, that’s almost a third of our life but 30% of us struggle to sleep well.
We spend 10.5 years of our life working but over 50% of us want to leave our current jobs. Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you can never get more time. Steve Jobs said, “your time is limited, so don’t waste it on someone else’s life”. So, there’s good news and there’s bad news.
The bad news is time flies, the good news is you are the pilot. Imagine you wake up everyday with $86,400 in your bank account and at the end of the night it’s all gone whether you spend it or not. And then the next day you get another $86,400.
What will you do with it? Everyday 86,400 seconds are deposited into your life account. At the end of the day once they’re all used up you get a new 86400 seconds.
We would never waste it if it was money, so why do we waste it when it comes to time. Those seconds are so much more powerful than dollars because you can always make more dollars, you can’t always make more time.
To realize the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who lost her child in the final month.
To realize he value of one week, ask the editor of an online magazine.
To realize the value of one hour, ask the couple, who’s in a long- distance relationship.
To realize the value of one minute, ask the person who just missed a bus, train or plane.
To realize the value of one second, ask the person who just missed an accident.
To realize the value of a millisecond, ask the person who just came second at the Olympics.
We think it’s the people wasting our time, but it’s really us giving them the permission to do that. In reality, these two people live inside us. Don’t let someone be a priority when all you are to them is an option.
Some of us lose the people more important to us because we don’t value their time. Some of us don’t recognize how important someone is to us until they’re gone.
Inside all of us are two voices, one voice that wants to uplift. One voice that wants to expand. A voice that wants us to grow. And then there’s another voice that holds us back. The voice that makes us lazy and complacent. The voice that restricts us from our potential.
Everyday from the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep. Inside of us there’s this battle between the two voices. And guess which one wins? The one that we listen to the most. The one that we feed and amplify. It’s our choice of how we use our time. (Brilliant FB inspiration from Jay Setty)
Life and time are the best two teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of time. And time teaches us the value of life. William Shakespeare said, time is very slow to those who want, very fast to those who are scared, very long to those who are sad and very short for those who celebrate but for those who love time is eternal.
King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived said in Ecclesiastes 9:9-11, “Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.
Whatever your hands find to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. I returned and saw under the sun that- The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
God’s gift of eternal life and eternal love is in Christ Jesus alone.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”.
May you enjoy the Time of your life and the Life of your time, unless you choose otherwise.
God bless you all!
(❚ Noel Cadelina, Minister of Faith in Jesus City Church Winnipeg, 204-228-2146)