Your Use of Time

Thou hast made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. –Psalm 104:19 (RSV)

The greatest commodity you have at your fingertips is time. Everyone has the same amount of time to use or waste today. The happiness in your life depends on how you use your time. Periodically I need to evaluate how I am using my time. This little paragraph helps me keep perspective.

Take time to THINK–it is the source of power.
Take time to PLAY–it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to be FRIENDLY–it is the road to happiness.
Take time to LOVE–it is a God-given privilege.
Take time to READ–it is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY–it is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to LAUGH–it is the music of the soul.
Take time to GIVE–it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to WORK–it is the price of success.

1. Reread Psalm 104:19. What has God created to show us the importance of time?

2. The paragraph above lists a number of ways you could spend your time each day. Take a few minutes to evaluate how you spend your time. Is your time divided appropriately between all of these important areas?

Genesis 1:14; Psalm 19:6; 74:16; Jeremiah 10:2

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Jim Burns

Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Closer, and Doing Life with Your Adult Children. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; three sons-in-law, Steve and Matt, and Andy; and three grandchildren, James, Charlotte and Huxley.

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