In a survey published early this year it revealed that the average Briton spends 8 hours and 11 minutes sleeping every day, 7 hours and 10 minutes working. 2 hours and 37 minutes in front of the TV, 2 hours in front of the computer, 1 hour and 22 minutes spending time with family and friends and only 10 minutes exercising!
How we spend our days reflects how we spend our lives, and reveals what our real priorities are.
In the Bible the two great commandments are to love God and love our neighbour, in that order. These commandments emphasize the importance of relationships, our relationship with God, and with one another. This is what matters most in life, not having a nice house, or flashy car, or foreign holidays, but good relationships.
Every New Year I promise myself that I will make a bigger effort to visit family and friends, but so often it doesn't happen because I don't make it a priority, and so inevitably other things get in the way and before I know it another year has passed. Sometimes we look forward to a slower day when we believe we will have more time for the important things in life, such as when we get the promotion we are waiting for, or when we pass our exams, or when we retire. We need to realise that a 'slower day' is not coming, and therefore make room today for the things that are most important.
If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with £86,000 that carried over no balance from day to day...Allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening cancelled whatever part of the amount you failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every penny every day, of course, and use it to your advantage! Well, you have such a bank, and its name is TIME! Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as lost whatever of this you failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balances, it allows no overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account with you. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow.
Are you making time for what is most important in your life?