In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley


January 8, 2004

In Touch Daily Devotional

 

A Balanced Schedule

Ephesians 5:15-17

 

Oftentimes we think seconds are not terribly important. But seconds tick away into minutes, minutes into hours, and hours into days. We’ve all been amazed at how swiftly days turn into weeks, months, and years. Think of it this way: a seventy-year-old has lived about eight hundred and forty months—that is the equivalent of two billion, two hundred seven million, five hundred and twenty thousand seconds!

 

While you read that last sentence, about five seconds of your life elapsed, and you can never go back and decide to use them differently. As small as they are, seconds are holy, because they are a creation and a gift of God. How we use even these small time increments makes a difference. If God has a plan for each life—that we live it for His purpose and His will—then we must consider how we spend not just years, months, and days, but even minutes and seconds. And the time to decide is now, before any more of your life passes by.

 

Understanding the value of each moment, the apostle Paul urges us to “[make] the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). In essence, he’s saying, “Take advantage of every opportunity God gives you—don’t waste your time!” Let Jesus be your role model for keeping a balanced schedule. He knew that spending time with the Father was the most important thing He could do. Follow His example, and begin each day in the Father’s presence. He will help you arrange your schedule and can make every second count.

 

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