Choosing and Using Time

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For Sunday October 9, 2022

Ephesians 5:15-16
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

In 2004, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Americans sixty-five years old and older spent 7.3 hours in leisure and sports activities; thirty-five- to forty-four-year-olds spent the least time, 4.2 hours per day. The “average American” age fifteen or older spent 3.0 hours in leisure and sports activities and another 3.4 hours in miscellaneous activities.

In spite of how rushed and stressed everyone claims to be, it seems Americans have quite a bit of discretionary time on their hands each day. The question is, what do we choose to do with it? Once when King David was not occupied with kingly duties, he was found hanging out with Nathan the prophet—spending time in godly pursuits (2 Samuel 7:1–2). Later in his reign, when he had time on his hands, he ended up being guilty of adultery and murder (2 Samuel 11).

Time, once it passes or is used in ungodly pursuits, can never be regained. Why not keep track of your time this week and see how much of it is spent with the Lord?

Everyone has the same amount of time. The difference is that some choose to use it more wisely than others.

I am a shadow, so art thou; I mark the time, dost thou?

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David Jeremiah, Turning Points with God: 365 Daily Devotions (Tyndale, 2014)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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