Time Invested Creates a Life Well Spent
Time invested creates a life well spent.
We spend time all the time. Right now as you read this, seconds are ticking and turning into minutes. Those minutes turn into hours and those hours turn to days. From there we have a week, a month, a year and time just continues to move on.
When you spend time, like money, it is gone FOREVER. I am sorry to tell you that these few minutes you spend reading this post are now gone forever. I hope this proves to be worth your time!
We cannot buy more time or ask for more time. We all have the same second and minutes and hours in a day! Time is a great equalizer because it stops for no one and it works the same for everyone!
When it comes to time, however, there are a couple of things that are not equal all across all of humanity.
1) The amount of time we have on earth is different for everyone. And primarily this is out of our control. We don't really get to choose how long we live on this earth. We can do things that may extend or shorten our lifespan, but primarily we have little control over how much time we have on earth.
2) How we use the time we have been given is left up to us and this is something that is definitely in our control. When it comes to time we can either spend it, waste it, or invest it.
We spend our time on things that are fun and worth-while but have no real long-term value. For example, putting a puzzle together is fun but has no long-term value for your life.
We waste our time on things that have no real short-term or long-term value. For example, standing in line at a store or at the checkout line has little to no value (most of the time anyway). Or another example would be binge-watching Netflix on a weekly or daily basis.
We invest our time in things that are fun and important and have both short-term and long-term value. A very easy example here is learning a new instrument. This provides short-term (getting better every day) and long-term (play an instrument proficiently) value to your life!
Just like you carefully choose what you will spend your money on, carefully choose what you will spend your time on!
It is important to invest our time and not waste our time. In fact, Jesus tells a story about investing and wasting time.
Matthew 25:14–27 (MSG) “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. 15 To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. 16 Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. 17 The second did the same. 18 But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money. 19 “After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. 20 The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. 21 His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ 22 “The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. 23 His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ 24 “The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. 25 I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ 26 “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? 27 The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
For the first two men, the discussion went something like this: I see that you doubled your investment! Good work! You did your job well! From now on, be my partner!
What was the master saying? You invested your time wisely! You went to work and made me more money!
For the third man, it was something different. He said, "That’s a terrible way to live. It's CRIMINAL to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least?"
What was the master saying? You wasted your time. You did nothing.
What's the point of this post and this story in the Bible?
Spend your time on earth wisely. Invest your time now and you will benefit in the future.
Time invested creates a life well spent.