Why are we hoarding our time?

“When I have time to give, I will. Right now, I’m too busy”!, we say. We are kidding ourselves.Why are we hoarding our time?

Why we hoard time.

We live in a generation of time misers. We’ll give money but not our time. Mostly because we can always get more money. Time, however, is evaporating. Give an hour, you never get it back. In addition, giving time is, well, underwhelming. We have more important things to do, don’t we? Lets call this what it is – cheap giving.

What are the “important” things are we doing?

Most people spend 1.5 years of their life in the bathroom. The average person sleeps away 25 years. Approximately 3.66 years will be dedicated to eating.

Women, you’ll spend approximately 124 hours a week on Pinterest. You’ll give 1.5 years or 14,000 hours brushing, washing, coloring, styling, and cutting your hair. Another eight years shopping. After which, you’ll spend an entire year trying to decide what to wear. Really important stuff!

Men, 70 percent of your life will be in front of digital media. Nine years watching television, two years of which will be commercials. You’ll use another 12 months just staring at women.

Some of these things are necessary. However, let’s be honest, we squander a lot of time. From that list, do you see any time opening?

How does God want us to use our time?

God hates complacency. Zeph. 1:12. We’re created to serve. By serve, I mean displacing personal wants for others needs. Cheerfully! Not withholding a minute, but open-handed with our time! It’s what Jesus modeled. It’s what God expects.

King David was a cheerful time-giver. Passionate in vision, David wanted to build a temple for the LORD. Painstakingly, he designed the blue prints. He worked tirelessly to provide and coordinate all the resources. David dedicated years to this ONE project. He died before it’s completion. Was his time wasted?

David dedicated his life to serving. First, as a shepherd to his father sheep. Later, he served King Saul, who, incidentally, repeatedly tried to have David executed. Yet, David continued to serve him loyally. Saul died, leaving behind a son with special needs. David become the child’s care-giver. David selflessly governed, counseled, and protected God’s people until the day he died.

You might argue, David was rich! He had skill, knowledge, power, and a global influence. It was easy for him. We always think others have it easier. The truth is, David loved God and wanted every moment of his life to count. Do you?

Becoming time sensitive.

Time is a gift from God. Your time, it’s not your own. From birth, my days are numbered. We each get a certain number of hours to spend. Time to serve will run out. Then, we will stand before Jesus and give an account. What will we say? Lord, I had to color my hair?

In 1 Chronicles 29, we’re given insight into David’s perspective of serving. He’s said, “Who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? It’s a good question, don’t you think?

Spend your time wisely.

You don’t have to ask, “where”? Opportunities will come, daily! Caring for kids, the elderly, the sick, poor and dying. Maybe not the glamor job we’d hoped. By God’s grace, however, we are commissioned to this privilege. When we serve others, we serve God.

Can you share the gospel with a co-worker? Help a friend in relational crisis? Volunteer at church, school, or a seniors home? The most important decision you will EVER make is how to spend your time.

Time’s reward.

God is not unjust. He will not forget the love you’ve shown through selfless acts. You have the potential to change someone’s eternal destination. Imagine, the time you spend on others will be remembered throughout all eternity! What about it? Do you have time to give?

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  1. jos on April 20, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    You got me with this one! I am VERY selfish with my time. And you’re right, it’s absolutely much easier to give $$$ than time.
    <3

    • Donna on April 21, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      I like what Mother Teresa said, Jos. She said, “we should never be satisfied with giving money. Money is not enough. People need to be loved and love means giving ourselves completely”. I’ve paraphrased. But, I think we could all do a whole lot better if we simply gave of our time.

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