Redeeming the time

When I was a child my mother collected S&H green stamps when she bought groceries. She put those stamps into a book and when she had enough books, she would redeem them for the item she was saving for.

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”  Ephesians 5:16

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Every living person has the same number of hours to use every day. The clock plays no favorites. The difference is how we redeem (use) our time. To waste time is to spend it on that which has little or no value. The late coach Vince Lombardi said, “I never lost a game. I just ran out of time.” The team that is most productive in the allotted time is the team that wins.

In sports, a coach can temporarily halt time but in real life, there are no timeouts. So we need to ask God to reveal ways we can redeem time on things of little or no value.

Fill It Up

A survey asked thousands of people what kept them from knowing God better. The number one answer was “I’m too busy.” Ironically, the early disciple could not be stopped by prison, poverty, persecution or martyrdom. But we are stopped because we are “too busy.”

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I once read of a college professor who had an awesome demonstrate about time management.  He would have a large glass jar which he filled with large rocks. He would ask for a show of hands of those who thought the jar was full. The majority of the class raised their hands. The professor reached under his desk and produced a bag of small pebbles, which he poured in the jar. After shaking the jar, he added even more pebbles. “Is the jar now filled?” Fewer hands. Again he reached under the desk and had a bag of sand which he poured in the jar. “Is the jar NOW filled?” Only a couple of hands. From under the desk came a large bucket of water which he added to the jar. “Now the jar IS full.”

Then he asked what did they learned from this demonstration. One student eagerly replied, “No matter how busy you are, you can always find time to do something else.” The professor said, “I am sorry but that is wrong. This demonstration teaches us that if you do not put the larger stones [the most important things] in first, you will never have room for them later.” 

Imagine reaching the age of seventy, having received 25,000 days as a gift from God, having not given ONE entire day given back to Him because you were “too busy.”

Late Again?

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Please allow me to share with you something of a personal nature. It is something we all have experienced probably several times in our lives. We all have a horror story about being late — arriving at a wedding just as the bride and groom are running off in a shower of birdseed or picking up your panicked child at an otherwise empty field after baseball practice. You’re not alone. So before you’re late for your next very important date, consider these six tips for being right on time. {Tips are from }

Tip #1: Account for transition activities, like traffic and getting kids out of the house. These are the mundane tasks that stealthily (and consistently) throw off our estimates. Also, take travel time found on Google Map as suggested time.

Tip #2: Beware “I’ll just do everything else faster. We might be tempted to press the snooze alarm or squeeze in one last task, rationalizing we’ll just speed up the rest of our morning or our workday. But it never works; it just makes you frantic.

Tip #3: Rethink your semantics. Instead of thinking “We have be at the recital at 5:00,” think “The curtain goes up at 5:00.” There’s a big difference between being in your seat, program in hand and still cruising around looking for parking at the appointed hour.

Tip #4: Aim for 10 minutes early, if only to increase your margin of error. Punctuality is boiled down to a math problem.Give yourself a ten-minute window of arrival.

Tip #5: Get into the habit of thinking ahead. But most of us are late precisely because we forget to think ahead. We look up the appointment’s address at the last minute and realize it’s farther away than we thought. Or we forget that our reservations are at the height of rush hour.

Tip #6: Try it once and see. If you’re chronically late, pick one upcoming event for which you’ll be on time. Then do it up right: plan ahead, account for all transitions, leave early, and aim to be the first one there.

You’ll love moving from being put on the spot to getting there on the dot.