January, 2012

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Redeem your time

Redeem your timeWe all have twenty four hours per day, seven days per week, and fifty-two weeks per year. What is more? We have limited years to live on earth. How much we use our time wisely determines how much we pursue our mission in life and getting fulfilled. Those successful people we know of understood this truth, respected and committed for it, and finally benefited from it. They were time-conscious and wise in spending their precious and scarce time. They knew that time isn’t a renewable resource. If it is gone, it is gone forever!
 
The challenge is: everyone is after this scarce resource.
God demands your time. He wants your time more than your money. He seeks to have quality time with you. Not once in awhile but on a daily basis. Your spiritual growth is directly related to your relationship with God. And relationship takes investing time.

Your spouse or girl/boy friend looks after your time. S/he needs to spend quality time with you on consistent basis. Whether your love relationship succeeds and sustains is directly dependent up on how much time you invest on it. You harvest what you sow; there is no meaningful relationship that doesn’t demand your time.

The devil is after your time too! He roars around you to find opportunities and even presents some good looking activities to distract you. He may not be able to stop you by standing between you and your destiny. He may not succeed to make you perform bad things. But at least, he desires to trick you and cause you to waste your time on things that aren’t crucial.

Other people are also after your time. Some pay for your time (companies, clients, etc) while others steal from you. Unless you are careful, people who aren’t in your priority list go after your time. Note that you should invest time to create and maintain purpose-oriented and value-based relationship with individuals who are partnering with you. Even in such cases, you should be able to say no when the time you spend with these precious people start to affect the time you set towards your priority lists. If you are a person who is afraid to say no, then, you are a victim of those who are out there spending their time extravagantly. This is especially very challenging for many of us who are from communal cultures such as mine.

We are committed for relationship, and it is a good thing but, I think, we have taken it far. It is good to commit ourselves and our time towards relationships but we shouldn’t fail to redeem our time in the name of relationship. The Bible says, redeem your time. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15 – 16, KJV).

The question is how do we redeem our time? The time we have wasted thus far, we cannot do anything about it. However, we can make use of every second of our time from now on. Of course, if we believe, God can and willing to restore the time stolen from us because we didn’t have the wisdom to handle our time wisely. The Word of God promises to restore the wasted years: And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you” (Joel 2:25, KJV). 

Below are some suggestions on how to manage our time wisely from now on: 

1. Have a priority. We need to set our priority right. I don’t know about you but I think God should get the first priority. We need to pray, fellowship, and worship Him on a daily basis. We should also prioritize the assignment He gave us as a prime priority. Then family, and so on. For those of us who don’t have family yet, our lovers, friends, partners, and so on. Nonetheless, we all may not have similar priorities but we should all have to set our priority straight or else, we will continue to abuse our scarce time, fail to redeem it, and pay the price.
 
2. Craft a weekly or daily plan. Once you set the priority right, you should have a detailed schedule. The schedule should balance your time with God, family, work, social, leisure, and rest time. You should frequently revise the plan, and make changes, if necessary.
 
3. Remain committed and consistent. Redeeming our time and using it wisely is hard until it becomes a habit. Until then, we should discipline ourselves, and remain focused regardless of distractions that come from every corner.
4. Compensate. When you are forced to spend the time you dedicated towards your priorities to attend some emergency circumstances, you should recompense.

Purpose-Oriented Living

PhiliCongregation1In Nov 2012, Assegid preached at New Life Assembly of God Church in Philadelphia about the importance of purpose-oriented living. He reminded the congregation that the world is in darkness and people are confused and appear helpless. Look around you, many people are pursuing routines and life is meaningless for some and purposeless for many. People consider themselves as biological incidents, without clear purpose, and destiny.

In his forty minutes or so preaching, he showed how each and every one of us are created with attached purpose, and we should live according to our purpose and get fulfilled in the end. He also showed the price of purposeless living. Assegid also provided examples of individuals who pursued and fulfilled their purpose: Jesus, Paul, David, Simeon, and Billy Graham. The advantages of purpose oriented living and steps to take were also covered in the end.