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“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Last spring I taught a one day workshop at Stanford University. At the end of the class, I thanked the students for giving me one of their most valuable assets, their time. I was grateful that they had chosen to give me nine of their precious hours. It’s true. Time is a very precious asset, yet we don’t always use it wisely. We waste time by holding onto grudges. We waste time being stuck in fear or worry. We also squander time on social media, Youtube, video games and the like.

Imagine how your life might be if you spent your time more wisely? If you spent time letting go of past wrongs and forgiving? Replacing worry with prayer? Spending time helping others instead of spending hours on Facebook? What might your life be like if you co-create it with God? (Proverbs 16:9) Can you imagine how your interactions with others may change if you are mindful of how you are using their time? Perhaps you will stop gossiping as much, or complaining, or talking too much. You’ll value other’s time and your own.

We don’t know how much time we have been given here on earth. We would do well not to make assumptions about the future because we don’t know what it will bring. We should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15) Time is a God given gift. It is a precious thing. Let’s value it.

F.R.O.G. Practice: Be mindful of how you use your time today. Are you spending it wisely? Are you wasting other people’s time? Are you using your time for the purpose God created you for?

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