There are 86,400 seconds in one day. Now, if we take away the recommended 8 hours of sleep, that leaves us with 57,600 seconds in a day. How do we split that time up?
Is the majority of our time spent doing activities that will edify us, grow us spiritually, and bless others? Or do we spend too much of our time feeling lousy because of past mistakes, worrying about present or future problems, complaining, or stewing in anger? What takes up most of our time? Is our focus on the finite world or the infinite one?
In Psalm 39:4-5, David writes “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Ephesians 5:15 -17 states: “So be very careful how you live. Do not live like those who are not wise, but live wisely. Use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times. So do not be foolish, but learn what the Lord wants you to do.”
Colossians 4:5 “Be wise in the way you act with those who are not believers. Use your time in the best way you can.”
Christians are often viewed under a microscope. In today’s day and age, it’s not uncommon for a believer to experience harsh treatment if they mess up. Now, because of our human nature, we will all mess up. We need to be intentional, however, about how we spend our time and what we do with our time.
“Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible that some person ever reads.” – William J. Toms
How will people “read” us? We are women who profess to be born again, renewed in Christ, and His children. We are representing what it means to be a follower of Christ – so how will people see us? Will people see us as the women who get on our knees and pray in faith and anticipation in all circumstances? Will we be seen as women who prioritize time with Jesus over everything else? Will we be seen as women who put others above themselves and serve others every chance we get?
I want to be the woman I described above. All Christians should strive to fit that description. That’s option number one. Option number two is that we can be seen as women who go to church on Sundays, lift our hands in worship, even attend countless Bible studies during the week, but outside of the church environment we are harsh, unkind, insincere, have an unfulfilling prayer life, and have a tendency to talk about others. Therein lies the question, will our time be spent participating in edifying activities or unedifying ones? How will you spend your 57,600 seconds today?
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She had served on Summer Staff since 2011, and in 2015 had the unique opportunity of co-directing Children’s Ministry with one of her best friends. She is very excited to continue to build relationships with the guests and be very involved in the ministry.