Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV)
To Do List
I know that I have wasted a lot of time. I have allowed my life to be sucked into massive time wasters. I have been unwise. I have foolishly spent large portions of my life on what will be of no value and amount to nothing. I need your help. I need your wisdom. I need your strength. Why is that? I know that my life will not go on forever. I have a very limited amount of time to live my life on this earth. That’s right. I can’t afford to be wasting time if I want my life to amount to anything. What do you mean by that? I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to be busy doing what will amount to something that will be valuable for all eternity. I want to know and do your will. That’s good.
Why do you think you need my wisdom in determining how you use your time? I don’t think I will know how to use my time well without your help. Obviously, I can eliminate the obvious time wasters like spending hour upon hour watching television or searching the internet. There is little to no lasting and eternal value there. That’s right. I know that you have good works planned for me to do for you. That’s right. I am quite certain, that those good works that you have prepared for me to do for you have seldom, if ever, appeared on what has been my day after day urgent “to do” list. That’s a very good point. If you always completed your urgent “to do list” you may still miss doing what I have called you to do for me. Do you know why that is? Yes, I have raced frantically through life trying to complete my urgent and daily “to do list”. What has not been on your urgent “to do” list? Taking time to know your will has never appeared on my “to do list”. Asking for your wisdom to know how I can better use my time has never been on my “to do list”. Asking you to help me bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name has never been on my “to do list”. Do you think it is time to reprioritize your “to do list?” Yes, I do. Will you help me to reprioritize my “to do list” so that I will be able to know and do your will? Yes, I will.
Lord, I have wasted a lot of valuable time. Forgive me. Help me to evaluate how I use my time. Give me strength to eliminate from my life what is wasting the time I have been given. I want to walk wisely and use my time well as I love, follow and serve you. Amen
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