Excel while you can.  Realize that your time is a part of your life that you can never get back once you've spent it.  Guard your time at least as carefully as you do your money.  Know that wasting your time is wasting your life.  Don't waste it by worrying, gossiping, nursing grudges, trying to please everyone, or living from one crisis to the next.  Remember that you will have to account to God at the end of your life for how you used your time.  Think and pray about what your priorities should be, and plan your schedule around that.  Focus on more than just be efficient; strive to be effective.  Develop a sustainable pace in life, where you have patience and stamina.  Surrender to God's motives, trust His methods, and accept His timing.  Take a regular inventory of your blessings and thank God for them.  Strive to finish the race of life well.  Never let go of hope, even when the future looks bleak.  Pursue meaningful work and lifelong learning.  Take time to rest and recharge.  But never stop living life to its fullest and contributing to the world.  Keep in mind the legacy that you would like to leave.  Trust God to do great things in your life!

Adapted from Accept No Mediocre Life: Living Beyond Labels, Libels, and Limitations, copyright 2005 by David Foster.  Published by Warner Faith, a division of Time Warner Book Group, New York, N.Y., www.twbookmark.com.   

Dr. David Foster is the founding pastor of the Bellevue Community Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Tennessee.  Hope is the theme that permeates his teaching, writing, and life ministry. He hosts the popular radio talk show Making Life Work.  He and his wife Paula teach "Married and Loving It" and "The Power of Positive Parenting" seminars across the United States.  Dr. Foster holds a Masters of Divinity from the Mid-America Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tn., and a doctorate from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Tn.  Learn more about his work at www.hopepark.com.