COLUMN: Use your time wisely

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By George Smith


The late Wilbur Chapman gave these words of true wisdom: "The rule that governs my life is this: anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must as a Christian turn away from it."

True wisdom deals with how we live, not so much what we know. James says, "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom." (3:13) Without true wisdom from God, we will make many mistakes in life.

One way we use true wisdom from God is in regard to how we use our time. Everyone has the same amount of time, but how we spend our moments and hours and days and weeks is very important. Once our time is gone, it cannot be recalled.

In Psalm 90:12, the Psalmist says, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Waste time and you waste life. One of our forefathers, William Penn said, "Time is what we want most but what we use worst."

Take an inventory of how you spend your time. It has been said, "Waste your money and you are only out of money, but waste your time, and you have lost a part of your life." Another person said, "Don't count every hour in the day; make every hour in the day count."

Hear these words of wisdom: "Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have - so spend it wisely." And these words from Abraham Lincoln: "I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."

Let us grow in true wisdom so that we will wisely use what time God gives us.