Picture this. You’re on a float in the middle of your small town parade. Driving down the oak lined streets, you’re throwing candy right and left.
Laughing kids are scooping it up and running alongside the parade, hoping to grab more.
They told you at the beginning of the parade to pace yourself so you you wouldn’t run out of candy, but you’re having a hard time doing that. It’s so fun making all the little kids happy, you don’t want to stop.
Round about 4th and Main you run out. Right at the post office. You still have four blocks to go and up ahead you see your own kids and all their friends.
They’re laughing and cheering and looking expectantly at you, waiting for the candy you’re sure to throw their way. Unfortunately, you have nothing left to give. As the float glides by their cheerful little faces, all you have to offer is a wave.
Are You Using Your Time Well?
Life is like throwing candy in a parade. Only instead of throwing candy, we’re throwing minutes and hours at the things God wants us to do and the people God wants us to love.
Like the parade candy, we only have so much time to give. If we use it all up on time-wasting activities, we won’t have any left over to do the things God wants us to do.
God has been really convicting me of this lately, and I’m trying to be more intentional about how I use my time. Here are a few questions you can use to evaluate the way you use your time and talents:
4 Questions to Help You Use Your Time Well
- What unique gifts and talents has God given you?
- How are you using those gifts to love others well?
- What are your biggest time-wasting activities?
- Is there anything you need to change in order to love God and others well?
Here are a few possible ways to love others well: Volunteer at your local nursing home or school. Visit a prisoner, an elderly neighbor, or a lonely person. Teach a Bible study. Disciple someone. Raise money for a well in a third world country. Give an overworked mom a break by offering to watch her kids for free. Do something nice for your spouse or roommates. Spend time with your kids. Pray.
Discussion: What is your biggest time waster? Can you think of any other questions to add to the list?