Time is one of the most valuable commodities that we have. It is more valuable than money. You can make more money but you cannot make more time. Queen Elizabeth said on her death bed “i will give my entire kingdom for just one more day”.
When you woke up this morning, God gave you a present, it is called today. With that gift, comes a responsibility. The scripture tell us to “redeem the time”. That simply means do not let it go to waste. Do not live this day unfocused, unhappy, negative, defeated. Make the most of each day. Things may not be perfect, you may have some obstacles, but you can never get this day back. If you will learn to see each day as a gift, you will live more intentional. You will realize when you spend your time, you are spending your life. You can either invest it or you can waste it.
Imagine every morning, a bank deposited $86,400 into your account. This money was yours to use how ever you would like. The only catch is at the end of the day, what you did not use, you loose. It is taken out of your account. That would get your attention. You would be focused, you will make sure you took full advantage and not let one penny go to waste. Why? Its value.
It is the same principle with time. Everyday, God gives us each, 86,400 seconds. You can spend it as you would like. You can invest it by living positive, hopeful, pursuing your goals, being a blessing to others, or you can waste it by being disorganised, unhappy, negative, discouraged, worried, but the principle is the same. At the end of the 24 hours, it goes away. We can never get it back.
When we fully understand the value of our time and we see each day as the gift that it is, it helps us to keep the right perspective. We realize, there are some battles that are not worth fighting. You do not have time to get involved in things that are not between you and your God-giving destiny.
If somebody has a problem with you, as long as your doing your best, doing what you believe God put in your heart, with all due respect, that is their problem and not yours. You do not have to resolve conflict with every person, some people do not want to be at peace with you. That is just a distraction.
When you realize your time is limited, you do not respond to every critic. You do not waste your time trying to convince people to like you that are never going to like you. You accept the fact that not everyone is going to understand you, not everyone is going to give you their approval, but that’s okay. You just run your race.
When you are redeeming your time, you are not trying to keep someone happy that is never going to be happy. There are people that no matter what you do for them, it is not going to be enough. No matter how many times you rescue them, no matter how many favours you do, sooner or later, they are going to find fault with you and end up being unhappy.
Understand that their happiness is not your responsibility. You should be kind, you should be respectful but your attitude should be, if you do not want to be happy, that’s fine, but you are not going to keep me from being happy.