How Do You Plan to Spend your Life?

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Kimberley Payne
Apr 11 · 3 min read
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Tick, tock, tick, tock.

It does not stop.

No matter how I feel, no matter what I’m thinking. The clock ticks on. It is 9:20 on a Wednesday morning, not unlike any other Wednesday. Yet once this moment passes it becomes memory only. I cannot revisit it. It’s time gone forever.

9:21. Did I spend my last minute well? I can’t gain it back at this point.

Annie Dillard said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

On a minute-by-minute basis, it’s easy to reflect on how my time is spent. But usually, I’m not conscious of the clock on the wall. Truthfully, I can find myself blowing out my birthday candles wondering where the last year went.

Time is a precious commodity; it must be spent well.

With only twenty-four hours in a day, I need to be more aware of what I’m doing. Do my actions fit my values?

I value my family and friends, education and learning, a strong work ethic. I value health and my faith. Within my day, I need to look at how much time is spent with my husband, my children, my parents, and my friends. I need to consider how much time is spent reading and studying. How much effort goes into maintaining my health? How much time goes into work to earn a living? Most importantly, how much time do I spend with God?

“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NIV)

If I have only sixteen hours in a day (after sleeping), do I devote the right proportions to my values? Ideally, if I were to divide up my time, I should spend about three hours with family and friends, three hours in study, three hours earning a living, three hours on my health, and about three hours with God.

Put that way, I see that I fall considerably short of my goal.

So where does my time go? Time stealers can include distracting habits such as watching television and surfing the Internet.

Not that I want to be rigid with how I spend my time, but I do need to be aware. I need to set aside my time to exercise, read and pray, just as importantly as I set aside my time to sleep.

I need to be aware of time wasters and instead fill my hours with the things I truly value.

9:36. Today, I plan to include work to pay the bills, strength train for health, phone friends, read a chapter from my book and spend time quietly with God.

How do you plan to spend your life?


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