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“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV

J.H. Jowett once said a statement that radically challenged me: a leader will seldom say “I don’t have the time.” Such an excuse is usually the refuge of a small-minded and inefficient person. Each one of us has the time to do the whole will of God for our lives.”

In my neighborhood during my teenage years was a man who held a very prominent position in the government and in the military. Unless he was many miles away outside of the country, he made sure to pick his children up from school, and drop them early mornings even if it demanded sacrificing an hour or so.

I wondered why he wouldn’t let his driver take care of that and he answered me “it is not my driver’s responsibility to raise my kids.” With further observation, I noticed that being driven gave him an opportunity to read portions of a book during every commute, not wasting any five or fifteen minutes of a day. Once at home, he never touched his mobile phone unless the emergency phone rung. It was through observing this man that I learnt we don’t have the time for much, we take the time for things that matter. Paul warns that the only way to make it through the evil days in which we live in, is to redeem the time.

Child of God, decide today what things matter and evaluate them in primary and secondary importance. See to it that as long as you are awake, you are taking part in one of the primary activities you have assessed.

During your discretionary time, see to it that you are incorporating your secondary functions. I will leave you with the words of a great author, J. Oswald Sanders:

“Conscious of time, Jesus spent his time doing things that mattered. No time was wasted on things not vital. The strength of moral character is conserved by refusing the unimportant.“ 

Prayer: Father I thank you for this wisdom. I thank you for the innate ability you have given me to manage my time wisely. I yield my self to your careful hands that I may not depart from the ways you have set for me to walk into. May the works of my hands and meditations of my heart ever glorify you, in Jesus name. Amen! 


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