Everyone knows that time is precious and that it’s promised to no one, yet even with this knowledge we waste it on ridiculous things. I myself have been a notorious offender. When I was younger a huge chunk of my time went to talking on the phone. A typical girl. I could and would spend hours on the phone. So much so that call waiting didn’t help (because at times I’d have one person on each line) and my parents reluctantly got me my own phone line (yes this was per-cellular phone days, the hottest thing at this phone was having a clear banana phone that glowed when it rang…). When I was a teenager it was music – music all the way! I invested in a tape (followed by a CD/Tape combo – because I was a super cool kid) player stereo deck with the two gigantor speakers and drove my parents crazy. I’d listen to side a and side b of a cassette so much that my sound equipment would even get upset with me and start chewing the tape. Being the resourceful person that I was I’d gently smooth the crumpled up tape with my thumbs and grab my handy lead number 2 pencil and wind it back into place and repeat the vicious cycle – for hours… As a young adult television robbed me of uncountable irretrievable hours. And as of late I had really gotten into Netflix and this “thing” called binge-watching. I also discovered months ago ( I completely stopped and didn’t login for MONTHS to let myself know that hey Facebook is just for sharing information and NOT to live on) that I had a serious issue with Facebook. I’d get swooped into trending topics, and I love getting peoples views on subjects and it just became stupid. Once I saw the red flag I had to let it go and now I use in moderation. I perform a quick view on my timeline, check in with people that I follow, share a message that is worth sharing and move on. No lingering. Because I’m curious I’d also spend a lot of time on gossip sites & news outlets (mostly saying LIES, or why isn’t anyone reporting on this, or why isn’t this a trending topic or headline news?)
Now, I’m not hand and eye coordinated (yet I am a great co-pilot in giving directions and oversight) so I never made it far in Mario brothers (the Duck game I was good at though). Thus, I never really got sucked into the whole video game thing (thank God because what is this Pokemon craze about?) . My husband on the other hand is like a zombie… Like he gets “lost” in PC games. Like seriously the man looses days… It irritates me so much! Like dude it’s not that serious. I don’t understand the language you are speaking when you talk of guilds, levels, raids, hordes, coins, gold etc. Like huh? Just No! You make no sense, it’s not real and what are you really gaining from it ( a little hypocritical I know, but I like to think I learn something from what I waste my time on) – but I digress.
I’ve never been a party, club, or bar person. I’m a real loner so to speak, but I do socialize (maybe, seriously maybe once or twice a year I will attend a party and it’s only a very close friend or family member – period).
I say all of this to say, that really all of these things – one’s no better than the other when it comes to wasting time (even though I’ll debate with my husband for days that what I do isn’t nearly severe as what he waste his time on, so I guess the gig is up once he reads this). I had to really perform a thorough self examination and accept that my time wasting was affecting more than myself. It was a selfish act. I selfish act that was sacrificing my soul and my time with the Lord. Allow me to put it into perspective. If I spent as much time in prayer with the Lord, seeking Jesus, and reading the Bible for guidance how far would I be right now? Meaning, how many of my questions would have been clearly answered? How much more confident would I have been my walk with the Lord? Would I have been worried, depressed or sad all of the times that I was? And most importantly were these time suckers (as I like to call them) even about Him? Did they glorify and praise Him? If not who or what did they glorify and was I okay with whatever that answer was?
Ephesians 5:15-17 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (KJV)
When I really fact checked? I was super disappointed, and really upset that I had disappointed God. All of these “worldly” things are just that. It’s all temporary. When you perish on earth you cannot take these things with you. Memories are just that memories. I don’t ever want to be in a situation of where I am saying to myself, I wish I would have changed this… or I wish I could go back and redo this differently. Once you perish there aren’t any “second chances”, no do overs, no rewinds.
Psalm 39:4-5 4 “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. 5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.(KJV)
So I wanted to get it right, and I didn’t feel anywhere close to it. When you get to know God you clearly understand there is no gray area. Meaning there is no middle ground. Your 100% on his team or you’re not. I never want to hear Him say, ” I do not know you”. That would break my heart. So I want to do everything I can to glorify His name and give praise to him. I pray that me sharing my journey with you leads you to seek him in all that you do as well.
1 Peter 1:8-9 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (KJV)
Praise God because he’s truly an amazing God and that can fill you with so much joy!