COLUMN: Make the most of your time

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By George Smith

 Even if we live to an advanced age, we are on earth for only a brief time. So, we want to make the best use of what time we are given and be found as good stewards when we arrive at the end of our journey.

God’s word gives some helpful suggestions for making the most of our time.  Colossians 3:23 NLT says, “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people.” 

The Apostle Paul tells us to try to please those in authority over us and not just when they are watching us. The Apostle reminds us that we all work for the Lord no matter what we do in life, and our greatest loyalty is to the Lord.

We are told in God’s word to look for good as we live each day. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.  Be careful how you live.” 

Evil is all around us, but we are to look for the good as we accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. We are to look for the good in people, building upon it and commending the good that we find.

Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language the blind can see, and the deaf can hear.”

Paul suggests that we seek to be helpful each day. We should never be too busy to help a fellow worker. “So don’t get tired of doing what is good.” (Galatians 6:9)

John Wesley, the father of Methodism, once said:

“Do all the good you can

In all the ways you can

In all the places you can

At all the time you can

To all the people you can

As long as ever you can.”

We should be in the blessing business. When we bless others, we bless ourselves.  “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

The writer of Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” 

A sense of humor can help no matter where you are and what you are doing. Laugh long and develop a sense of humor in life. People with sour dispositions don’t bless others.

How do we get joy in our souls? Stop looking within and without, but instead, look up. When we are self-centered and world-centered, we will never be the pleasant people God wants us to be.

It has been said, “The first steps toward happiness are the church steps.” Let us seek the Lord, for he alone can put joy into our lives and change us into joy-filled people.