Fred emphasized the importance of time as an element in fulfilling our purpose. He loved asking, “Are you spending or investing your time? How do you use it to the fullest?” The wasting of any resource drove Fred nuts, whether it was time, money, energy, or talent. When people would come to him complaining of losing the battle for time control he regularly shared his philosophical position on time.
On this date in 1937 Fred and Mary Alice committed themselves to a lifetime partnership which lasted 67 years…a very good use of time.
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Optimizing opportunities and talent and bringing redemption to everything around us is a valid reason to use time well. Here are my philosophical cornerstones: I am a created being and therefore responsible to the Creator for my life. Time is life’s clock. It is a tool – a means, and never an end. It is never to be pursued for its own sake, but for how it can be used.Since life is measured by time, I have a responsibility to control it. Most of us don’t let other people spend our money; likewise, we shouldn’t let others spend our time. I have been given the same amount of time as all the great contributors throughout history. The only variable is energy. I must recognize my level of energy and my rhythm of ebbs and flows to best use my time. I am convinced anything I cannot accomplish with the time and energy provided is apparently not something God has for me to do. He provides the strength. When I push beyond just to accomplish I am on thin ice.When I know the ultimate purpose of my life, then I can best know how to use my time well. If I do not operate from my uniqueness I have no way of measuring the effectiveness. Only God and I are the true judges of my stewardship. The value of time increases as the quantity decreases. I am intent on investing time, not spending it.
This week carefully consider: 1) How does my purpose impact the use of my time? 2) Where do I struggle with investing versus spending? 3) What is my favorite use of time?
Words of Wisdom: “Time is a tool…it is a means, never an end.”
Wisdom from the Word: “And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NET Bible)
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