What is your purpose here on earth? What are you living for? What would you like to achieve? Who are you really? Do you spend your time on activities that bring you fulfillment? What have you achieved and what can you show for what have you have done so far?
Let’s make it worth it and look a bit deeper. What is one of the most valuable commodities on earth? Is it gold? Is it silver? What about diamonds? What will it cost you to just get a little bit of this commodity? Is it affordable enough that we all can afford at least a little bit of it? Or is it beyond our reach…just obtainable for the super-rich?
What is One of the Most Valuable Commodities on Earth Today?
The answer is time. And we all get the same amount of it; no matter who you are, where you are or how old you are. What are you doing with yours? You spend your time daily, whether you think so or not. We all have 24 hours in a day. As every minute ticks by, it’s gone forever. Sixty minutes later, and hour has gone by. You’ve spent it. The question is; did you spend it purposefully, or did you waste it?You spend time every day. Spend it wisely. Click To Tweet
“Well, I’m so busy I, don’t have the luxury to sit around wasting time”, you say. That’s not exactly what I meant. You could be so ‘busy’ all day long that you hardly have time to eat. Yet, by the end of the day, you feel frustrated because you can hardly show or tell what you have done. Yes, you can even waste time by “being busy”, but not really productive. God is not calling us to be busy; He calls us to be fruitful. And that doesn’t mean you have to be on the run all the time. We need to learn how to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
The popular slogan is “time is money”. Yes, wasted time can cost you money. But is that all that time is worth to you? Can time only be measured in money? What about your health, your relationships, your well-being as a whole? What is your own identity? Think carefully. Do you measure your own self-worth in monetary value? Who and what you spend your time with will have a great impact on who you become.
7 Principles to Help You Live for a Purpose, on Purpose, and Make The Most of Your Time.
What makes the human race unique is the fact that we’ve been given a free will and we are able to make our own choices. If we want to live a life worth living, we need to be decisive.
Ephesians 5:6-17 (NIV) says; “6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Be Careful Who You Listen Too (Ephesians 5:6-15).
Make the Word of God final authority in your life. Once you decide to do what you feel called for, many people will give you a thousand and ten reasons why you shouldn’t do it. These people will make you aware of all the risks. It will be explained to you in the finest detail how you are going to fail.
Once you start taking action, yet another group of people will be all too eager to ‘go into business with you’. They will try to convince you how they can help you to become an overnight success. All you need to do is to ‘invest’ some money in their program. Be careful who you listen too. Don’t be influenced by negativity. But also don’t listen to someone who is only trying to sweet-talk you. Listen to wise counsel and constructive criticism. Pray about what you want to do and ask God for wisdom. Make a daily habit of studying God’s Word
Be Careful about Your Time and Choices (Ephesians 5:14-15).
Don’t always just go with the flow. Sometimes it might feel as if you are the only one swimming upstream. But so be it. Decide for yourself. Hosea 4:6 (NIV) says “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”
If you lack knowledge, educate yourself in the areas where you need to. Seek wisdom and knowledge and make informed decisions.
Be an On-Purpose Person (Ephesians 5:15-16).
Don’t let life just happen to you. Sitting around, waiting until it feels right or for the time to be right is a huge mistake. I’ve seen it time and again. If you wait for the time to be right….the right time will never come. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. If you don’t have the funds to start whatever you need to do, create a budget. Or investigate possibilities for raising the funds. Do you lack knowledge? Find out what courses are available to increase your knowledge. If you lack experience, find out where you can help someone else on a similar project or do some part-time work to gain experience in that field. Take action and make things happen.
Make the most of every opportunity. But, you cannot take hold of any opportunity if you don’t know what it is that you want to do. So, be prepared. Ask yourself; “If I could do anything I wanted to do, what is it that I really want to do?” Don’t limit yourself to finances, expertise, knowledge or anything else. If you could get the opportunity today to do whatever your heart desires, what would it be? Don’t let any opportunity pass you by.
Don’t Be Vague, Thoughtless and Foolish (Ephesians 5:17).
Be specific. Don’t just dream about being successful. What does success mean to you? How do you define success? Who will benefit from your success? Whatever you want or whatever you want to do, be specific. How would you know when you have achieved what you wanted to do? If you want to start a business, what kind of business and for what purpose? Do you want to help the needy? In which area are these people? Which group of people do you want to target? Do you want to help homeless people or people who are unemployed? Be specific and decide what you want to do with your life.
Know the Will of God and Firmly Take Hold of It (Ephesians 5:17).
You have been created for a purpose. That is why you have dreams. Those dreams are God-given dreams. Once you know what you want to do, pray for wisdom and start studying the Word of God. Do you want to know what God’s will is for your life? God’s will is made known to us through His Word – the Bible.
Live a Well-Balanced Life (1 Peter 5:7-10).
Being fruitful doesn’t mean you have to be on the run 24/7. It’s about living a well-balanced lifestyle. 1 Peter 5:6-9 (NIV) says “6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Psalm 127:1-2 (NIV) says “1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.”
Be alert, take action and do what you need to do in the physical. Having faith doesn’t mean you should become passive. God is working through us. That is why you have dreams and talents. Use them and be productive. But once you have done your day’s work, you can relax. Your body needs rest. Mentally, you need to be relaxed. Proverbs 3:7-9 (NIV) says “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops”.Don't let things happen to you. Make things happen for you. Click To Tweet
What Is Important to You?
There is nothing wrong with having money and all the nice things that go with it. But don’t become obsessive about it. What is truly important to you? What is of real value? What are you doing with your time and how do you manage it?
I know that many of us don’t really want to talk about the end of our earthly road, but face it; we all have to walk the same road. I’m sure that one day when you reach the end of your journey here on earth, you are not going to ask for your bank balance. It is wise to decide now what (and who) is really important in your life. Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) says “19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
So, if you could get the opportunity to do whatever you want to do, what would it be? What are you passionate about? Start dreaming again and find your true identity. Become who you were born to be by spending your time wisely.