I once read an article in “Bits and Pieces” that discussed our use of time. It made the point that people who want to improve their use of time are often given the advice to focus on what contributes most. However, it is also worth pursuing the inverse. What is it that wastes time? The article suggested listing all the “time wasters” in a typical week and then rank them on the basis of their degree of time misuse. Ask questions like: “What would happen if I didn’t do this? Would it make a significant difference? Can I delegate this?” “Can I delete it?”
Henry David Thoreau once quipped, “As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
It is worth reflecting on how we spend our time, because our lives are found in the details. Jesus makes the point that our heart follows not only where we put our money – but also where we put our time.
Let us pray: God of Hope, we thank you for the power of the resurrection and the possibility of new and abundant life right here – right now. Help us to look honestly again at our lives. Give us the serenity to accept what we cannot change; the courage to change what we can; and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.
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