Have you ever thought about what you spend the majority of your time doing? Have you ever stopped to think about how much time you spend with your family? How much time is spent on your commute to work, socialising with friends or hitting the gym? How much time is spent eating, drinking, walking the dog or watching TV? Did you know a person who works an average of 40 hours each week from 19 to 65 spends 1,840 months of their life at work? What do we spend our lives doing? Can we do better than chase the next promotion, the relationship, or the car?
The Bible describes life as a vapour that fades within seconds. If our lives are so short then it is important to ask the key question – is the thing that you spend the most of your time on, the most important thing in your life? Is it all worth it?
The Bible teaches us to work hard so that we have enough to live on, and instructs us to enjoy the blessings that have been given to us. In Psalm 127, the writer points out that it is of no benefit to rise up early in the morning and go to bed late just to spend the time worrying and working. The book of Ecclesiastes has much to say on the futility of this approach to life. Often the things we invest our time in are things that are not permanent and ultimately do not matter.
Society has adopted an instant, immediate lifestyle, wanting everything now. Too often we get sucked in and forget to stand back and assess the bigger picture. We came into this world with nothing, and we will leave with nothing. We have to decide how to spend our time while we have time to spend.
Ecclesiastes explains that there is a time for everything, and we need to balance our lives effectively making way for the most important things. God tells us not to invest in things that are fleeting, but to look for permanent things that are from above – to invest our time pursuing things that are eternal.
Do you live a balanced life? Do you ever consider the things that really matter, the things that are long standing and eternal? Soon Jesus will return to the earth to set up his everlasting kingdom, a kingdom of peace, justice and joy. Getting the balance right now, will help you be there.