Have you ever tried to sleep in a room with a very loud ticking clock?

A few years ago, my children and I were visiting my parents, along with my sister-in-law and her girls. Due to the shortage of sleeping quarters, I found myself bunking down on the sofa in the living room. Hanging on the wall was a beautiful lighthouse clock.  During the day, I had not taken notice of its unique way of welcoming in each new hour…however, I did that night! Every hour, upon the hour, I was startled from my sleep by the loud, shrill call of a flock of seagulls!  By the time the sun came up, I had a hate-on for seagulls and that clock!  The next night, I promptly removed the batteries before bunking down.

Time isn’t something we usually think about unless we are reminded, like the call of seagulls reminded me of the passing of every hour that night. Often, it’s a birthday celebration or the ringing in of a new year that reminds us just how quickly it passes by.

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip.  He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.  He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities.  He then left on his trip.  The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more.  The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.  But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.”   

Matt 25:14-18 NLT

Your time is a “bag of silver” entrusted to you. Every second your heart beats is a gift from God.  You have done nothing to earn that gift or to deserve it, but like the air you breathe, it is a most precious possession.

However, even knowing this, we are not always good stewards of our time. We waste it…worry over it…invest it in things that are pointless and temporal…take it for granted…are apathetic about it… spend it chasing after false saviors, walking in offense, or even working to fill up our bank account. How we use our time is a conscious choice we have to make; we can allow ourselves to spend it foolishly or we can be like the servant who invested wisely.

There are 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year. It doesn’t matter if I am a street person or a CEO, we all have the same amount of time at our disposal. Yet, some are able to do a lot with their time while others accomplish little. What is the secret?

I may not be able to control time, however, I can manage the last two letters of the word…ME! (Ephesians 5: 15-16, Psalm 90:12, James 4: 13-15)

“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.”
Robert Orben

Maybe we need a screeching seagull clock to remind us that our schedules and to-do lists should not be managing us, but that we should be managing them!

Why is it important to evaluate how you are spending your life?

1. Time cannot be recovered.

The scarcity of a thing increases its value. We live as if time was plentiful. We are lavish with it and spend it without thought, even more so than we do our money.

There are many things we can lose then later recover, but time is not one of them. Once it is gone, it is gone forever (II Samuel 14:14, Psalm 39:5).

No one is guaranteed how much time they will be given.

2. We are accountable to God for how we spend our time.

God has a plan for your life and He has given you enough time to fulfill it. Someday, He will ask you to give an account of how you used the time entrusted to you (Ephesians 2:10, Dan 7: 10).

                                                    We’re all accountable to God
                                                 For how we use our time each day;
                                                    Are moments chosen carefully,
                                                     Or wasted mindlessly away?
                                                                Charles Spurgeon

The second hand on your life-clock is ticking. The seagulls are about to cry out as another hour passes away.  What are you doing with the “bag of time” entrusted to you?

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