What is the currency of life?
Many often say money. Truth be told, we need money to survive. But the true currency of life is time.
Money can be earned back but lost time is never found again! We are all given the same amount of time. It cannot be saved. It cannot be earned. It cannot be bought.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 (NKJV)
Picture this, your parents are out of town, you throw a party of revelry. Your parents come back earlier than expected to a messy home filled with strangers! How would you feel?
Similarly, God will come again, just in this manner like a thief in the night! How we manage our lives will determine where we spend eternity. Soon & very soon, when that day comes, we’ll be settling accounts of our life investments.
Till then, let’s invest wisely!
Biblical rules of investing
Rule #1: We must invest before we can ever expect a return.
Redeeming the time. How can I make my life valuable? By adding value to others. Invest time in the next generation, nurture relationships, utilize your energy & resources in church work and even spend time acquiring a new skill! All of this time sown perhaps will not reap the benefits you expect to see in your own generation or lifetime but nevertheless, remember that it is the smallest mustard seed that grows into a mighty tree.
Rule #2: The size of our investment determines our profit margin.
The size of our investment directly impacts our growth and character development. God doesn’t bless inactivity! It is only when we exercise our faith through actions, that can God bless and multiply abundantly. Whatever we give ourselves to, we will receive.
Rule #3: We only benefit from what we invest into.
Where you invest your life, you invest your love. If your family is #1 in your life, is that reflected? It’s not what you say but your decisions & actions that make your children. What are your daily actions conveying to your children?
Rule #4: The condition of what we invest into will affect our results.
Word of caution: everything in moderation. Stay clear of overtly investing your time in less than eternal things, the negative aspects of life. Addictions are the result of overinvesting in bad habits in our life.
Facts about time
#1 We all have the same amount of time
The concept of time is a universal principle irrespective of persons; none can escape from it.
The greatest fallacy of man is to think we still have time.
It is needful to purpose in our hearts (Ephesians 5:15-16) to redeem the time we have been given. Redemption of time is through converting it to be of value (read Psalm 90:12; Ecclesiastes 7:2). Some people get a head start in life because they’ve invested their time wisely from the onset.
#2 Time cannot be stored or saved
Time can’t be saved, deposited in a bank & credited when needed, we use every second, every minute of it whether we want to or not.
#3 You must invest it as you receive it
This is why setting goals and planning your time is pivotal. Lest precious time is squandered! Exchange it and redeem time immediately! Convert it into a skill, experience, value! Tell time where to go, harness it, invest it!
Steps to Investing Time Wisely
#1 Establish what is the most valuable
Work backwards. List down the things that are most valuable to you as an individual. Now, honestly allocate the hours and minutes that you actually spend on these valuable things. Does it match? If not, change your lifestyle!
#2 Avoid distractions that cause poor investments of time
In the grand scheme of things, does it matter? Is it eternal? Will I be shortchanged?
#3 We need to tithe our time
If we can tithe our first fruits such as 10% of our salary, we can tithe our waking hours. How much time do you want to give to God each day?
As we have ventured into the New Year, reflect on 2015. Was your time used for a good cause?
Ask yourself, is this the best investment? Is this the best way to spend my time? Could I get a better return by making a different investment?