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There's No Time

Updated on September 24, 2017
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Too Busy for Success

The more I talk to people, the more I realize why so few people ever accomplish really great things in life. It's not that they are incapable. It's that they are so blamed "busy". They are always busy and never really take the time, doing what it takes to win in the things that really matter. They are always doing stuff but never buckling down to do the activities each day that will lead them toward their real purpose in life. They are simply too busy to be successful.

I. Time is God's Gift

Every second that we spend is a gift from Almighty God. And He expects us to use each of them wisely. I like the way the King James Version of the Bible talks to us in Ephesians 5:16 when it says: "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." In other words we are to make the most of the moments God has allowed us.

In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 the Preacher says this:

" There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart...."

II. Wise Use of Time

The truth is that we all have enough time to do what God has placed us upon this earth to accomplish. We all have a God-given purpose to bring glory to Him by what we do, whatever that may be. However, in our society we are too busy being entertained by the latest episode of our favorite T.V. show, or playing games on our computers, to realize that our time on this earth is limited. There are only so many sunrises and sunsets that we are appointed to witness, before the sands will run out in our hourglass and God will take us off this earth.

The sad thing is most live as though there is all the time in the world. Just looking at T.V watching, the average person, by the time they reach 65, will have spent 9 years at it. And that is just one wasted area.

How many people, when they get near death will wish that they had 9 more years to spend watching television. I dare say that they will rather think about more important things like spending that time with those that they love. And yet most of us won't think twice about that until it is too late. We will continue to fritter away our life, one episode at a time. And all along we will say; "I'm so busy!"

Conclusion

The next time you are tempted to tell someone your plate is too full to do something, consider how you have spent the last week of your life. Ask yourself if there is anything that you are doing that is simply a waste of that precious commodity that the Lord has given to you. And if so get rid of it. Or if it's something that you enjoy, and isn't sinful, then at least prioritize your life so as to make sure that it isn't taking up time that should be going to more important tasks. Remember, that there is always enough time to do the will of God for your life. If you are still on this earth, it means that He isn't finished with you yet. He has a task for you to do. Please don't be "too busy" to do it!

© 2013 Jeff Shirley

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      Jeff Shirley 

      4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks MsDora. If only more people would wake up to the fact that we only have so much time on this earth, and each second is taking us closer to eternity, then they would use it more wisely. God bless.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      thank you for issuing this appeal on behalf of the Creator of time. too busy for Him? Simply too busy. Great thought to take into the New Year.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks Bill and sheilamyers for stopping by. I have also caught myself saying I'm too busy when I was only occupied in doing things that don't really matter in the end. We all need to hear this message, which is why I believe the Lord lead me to write it. It is my hope that this will wake a lot of people up and help them to make wiser use of their time. God bless you both.

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      Awesome hub and very well stated! It reminds me there are times when people asked me to do something and I tell them I'm too busy, but in reality I'm not really doing anything important. I'm glad God built the ability for us to feel guilty about things into our being. After I say I'm busy when I'm not, I get down on myself. Then whenever that person asks me for other favors, I remember that what I'm doing is as important as helping others. Thanks for the reminder.

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      William Kovacic 

      4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Boy Jeff, this ought to get someone's attention - like mine. it's simply too easy to get too busy in things that have no lasting purpose. Thanks for posting this and hopefully many of us will take it to heart.

      This ought to get someone's attention, too - "The next time you are tempted to tell someone your plate is too full to do something, consider how you have spent the last week of your life." Wow!

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