Accountable to God: Day 22

 

February 7, 2012
Today’s Text: Psalm 90:12
Today’s Key Thought: A wise steward recognizes that our time is finite, not infinite.

 

Yesterday we talked about using our time wisely.  We said that wisdom is the key word for thinking about our time.  The question is, “How does it look to be wise with my time?”  Today’s psalm gives us incredible insight into this question.  The Psalmist asks God “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”  There is a lot to think about here.

 

  •  Our days are numbered.  None of us have an infinite number of days to our lives here on earth.  Since our time on earth is a limited resource, we’ve got to be wise in how we use it.
  • “Numbering our days” means being proactive rather than reactive.  The idea here is that we think about what we have and plan on how to use it.  This has the idea of taking an account of what you have.

 

If you were to give your money to an investor and then you went to meet that investor after he had your money for a year or two and he had no written record of what he had done with your money wouldn’t that make you pause?  Wouldn’t you wonder about his business practices and whether or not he was the best person to handle your money?  Even if he had ended up making money with your investment, you know that he could have made a lot more if he would have taken a better account of what he was doing by keeping a record, or by taking account of what you had given him.  Most likely, if he had no written record, he probably wasn’t a great steward.

 

Application:

In the same way, I challenge you to start making decisions about how you use your time by writing it down.  Start by writing down how you have used your time.  Just notice where your time is going by writing it down at the end of the day, or by keeping a record of it in a notebook or on your Smartphone as you go throughout your day.  You’ll be surprised at where your time goes, and how much wiser your choices will be just by writing it down.


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12 thoughts on “Accountable to God: Day 22

  1. Laura

    I’m almost afraid to write it down! I am sure I will be shocked at how little I consider how my time is used. Right now, my time is very full of responsibility. I think my stewardship of time right now may be different than my stewardship of time when this “season” is over in my life. I had to prioritize my time differently over the last month because of my situation with my Mother in law. Not that what I was doing before wasn’t good use of my time, but I couldn’t be a good steward of the responsibility that God has given me right now if I was too overwhelmed with other things. Even through this trial I am sure I still waste a lot of the time God has given me. If I knew I only had one week left to live, I am sure I would have no problem planning out my final hours. They would probably seem more precious to me for sure. I should live each day as if its my last. I probably would appreciate the time God has given me much more.

  2. Megan

    The lesson on Sunday really impacted me and Ben has helped me put some ideas into practice. I tend to not be good at keeping up with things long term. We shall see how I can maintain this process. I want my days to count and I don’t want to wake up one day and realize that my daughter is getting married or that I ministered in H2O but can’t remember anyone that I had a direct impact on. I know that realiing my days are numbered will help me to get the most out of each day and to enjoy the day at hand. I am looking forward to having another baby but I am really focusing on the precious time I have one on one with Melana while she is still the only child. It will never be the same again and I want to make these days count. There is so much more I could write and say but I am just going to put into practice what I know to do and let the Lord help me with this area to grow and be a much better steward of my time.

  3. Mackenzie

    I think that this is about like spending your time wisely because any day could be your last! I definately need to look at the more important things in life!(:

    1. I think that’s a great idea! Although I would be kinda scared to write it down and realize I did that?!?!?! But anyway, that’s a great idea.im definitely gonna start today. Great devo! Hope you guys had a great day! Love and miss you guys!! Seeu guys tmrw!!! 🙂

  4. Blake via

    What I learned is that we only have so many days of living the Bible says life is like a vapor it comes and goes and we need to use are time wisely what that means to me is like spending more time praying and not so much time on my IPhone wich is not a bad thing I love playing on my phone but spending more time with God then other things.

  5. Alexis

    That’s a really good idea to keep track of your time by writing it down! A lot of times it can be easier to think about things when you see them on paper, and I’m looking forward to trying this! Whether it’s watching tv, being on the computer, playing video games, or even reading (which can be a big time waster for me!) doing those things aren’t bad, but spending hours at a time doing them can be a big waste of time! But if I keep track of this, I think it can be a big help and I can manage my time a lot better! 🙂

  6. grace

    This sounds like a great idea, but I’m kinda scared to actually do it because I don’t think I will like what I see haha. But I’m sure if I tracked my day out there would be a lot of pointless things in my day that I did only for myself. I want it to be filled with things that God will be pleased with and things that will mean something when I’m no longer in this world. I mean, c’mon, what will playing on the computer, ipod, videogames…blah, blah, blah.. what will that accomplish? Nothing. I need to be doing things that make me remembered. Remembered in a good way….for all the things I’ve done for God. I need to kick it up a notch 😉 I really need to organize my day better and take out some of the nonsense time I spend doing ABSOLUTELY nothing of importance. So, tomorrow I’m going to track out my day. I most likely won’t like what I see, but it will help me improve. I want God to help me live my life for Him and not waste a minute of it.

  7. ryan via

    Its like Dave Ramsey for time managment! That is something that I need to do better, start using my time more effectivly and efficiently. We dont know how much time we have, and thats exactly why we need to use better.

  8. Taking in the mindset of the fact that our days are numbered is a good way to keep a good accountability when it comes to how we spend our time. This isn’t something I’m really good at, so writing down what I do with my time is a really good idea. It’ll either be a good wow factor or a bad wow factor. When I look at how I spent my day today, I know I definetly could’ve been more productive. I’m going to take in what the psalmist said, and really start being a better manager of my time.

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