“Let’s go, people. Time is money!”
It doesn’t matter whether you blame Hollywood, the economy or American society in general—we have all bought into the belief that time is a commodity.
Lately, I’ve been realizing my own struggle with believing that my time is a commodity. When a class is running late, when the lines in the cafeteria are longer than normal, when this or that person won’t stop talking—I start to get anxious, angry and my mind starts to race. “This isn’t fair! I don’t have time for this!” I think to myself.
A Conflict of control
What’s really going on in my mind is the conflict between what I believe (that my time revolves around me, is in my control and is about what I need) and reality (that my time is not mine, that it’s not about me or about what I need). The belief that time is a commodity produces selfishness, hardheartedness, and only increases stress and anxiety.
So what went wrong?
Time is a gift
My problem with believing that my time is a commodity began with me believing that I am in control of time—my time. Rather than understanding that each day is a gift from God filled with blessings and challenges designed by Him especially for me, I started to think that I could tailor my days around what I want, what I think I need, and what I deem most important. These beliefs created the false sense of control that is so painfully torn down each time I feel like my time is being wasted.
Transitioning from living life out of the belief that you are in control of your time will take a lot of, well…time. How we view our time is incredibly influential to how we live each day, so changing your mindset won’t be as easy as flipping a switch– all the more reason to start the process now.
The process of changing your perspective on time begins by surrendering our desire to control time into the hands of the One who actually is in control of time: God. As we begin each day, we ought to…
- Thank God for the new gift of time that He has given us this day.
- Acknowledge that He is in control of it and humbly ask for His guidance in using it well.
- Praise Him for all that He has in store for us through His gift of time.
- Ask Him to help us be generous and unselfish with our gift of time today.
- Begin the day with faith and hope, trusting that God will accomplish this good work in us.
This week, especially as we pause to celebrate Thanksgiving, focus in on God’s unique gift of time. As you pray, ask God to help you be a good steward of the time He has given you, and ask for guidance in following His plan for it.