PERSPECTIVE

THE VALUE OF LEVERAGING OUR TIME

Time is a unique, irretrievable resource allocated in the same way by God to each one of us. We are forced to spend it, whether we like it

or not, and at a fixed rate of 60 seconds every minute! It cannot be turned on and off like a

machine. It cannot be accelerated or

slowed down, like some sort of machine.

Peter F. Drucker rightly noted that, “Time is the scarcest resource and

unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.”[1] Benjamin Franklin underscored the importance

of time with his statement, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time,

for that’s the stuff life is made of.”[2]



The Bible teaches

us that time is a resource and we are all responsible before God for its

stewardship. It also instructs us to

make the most of every opportunity  

(Eph. 5:15-17; Ecc. 2:17-23; Ecc. 3:1-8; Col. 4:5; Ex. 20:8-11). However, we have the responsibility to manage

this essential God-given gift in a way that enhances the value of the time that

we have.  



WHAT WE DO WITH TIME

Christians and people raised in a Christian setting, tend to take their work more seriously than others."

Robert

The pressure which

time places on us drives us to ‘go, go, go’ and ‘do, do, do.’ If this is not

managed with sufficient pauses to stop and “sharpen the blade”, we will lose

our focus. We could end up like the bus

driver who told his passengers, “I have some good news and some bad news. The

bad news is that we took a wrong turn and are on the wrong road. But don’t

worry, we are making great progress.” It is as though the ‘going’ itself, the

movement at a fast pace, is the end itself, regardless of where it takes us.



Robert Banks, in

his book, The Tyranny of Time: When 24 Hours Is Not

Enough
, states that, “Christians and people raised in

a Christian setting, tend to take their work more seriously than others. The

upshot of this commitment to work, and often to community and family as well,

is that, ‘We are like trains—always on the move, always in a rush, and always

late.’”[3]



WHO, WHY, WHERE?

There is a real

danger for us to fall into the trap where time-leveraging becomes all about

performance and accomplishments, about doing and running. When this happens, we lose the capacity to simply enjoy God, people, and the life

God has given us.
As is the case in all of life, we

need a biblical balance. Without this

balance we can destroy our capacity to be the people God has called us to

be. Moreover, by practicing a balanced

view of time rooted in biblical principles, we are able to leverage our time

better and focus on the right, strategic elements of life —who we are, where we

are and why we are really here on this earth.



Being a good

steward of time is, therefore, not really a matter of guarding every minute so

that we can reach optimal effectiveness and productivity. Certainly we need to

use our time wisely, but even more importantly, we need to have a broader grasp

of time. The great events of God in history—the past, present and future as

outlined in Scripture—all need to be understood from the perspective of the

grand sweep of God’s plan.



WHEN LESS IS MORE

 we need to stop “running in place,” move closer to the biblical goal, and satisfy the pertinent questions. "

The ultimate

objective concerning the stewardship of time is

not to get busier.
What is needed instead is a better use of the time in the areas of

life that matter, and to bring glory to God.

Simply put, and spoken with the ‘big picture’ in mind, we need to stop “running in place,” move closer to the

biblical goal, and satisfy the pertinent questions: Why are we really here and

what is our ultimate mission? Hereby we will enhance the value of the time we

do have.



[1]. Peter F. Drucker, The

Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential

Writings on Management,
Collins Business Essentials, 2001, Page 225.

[2]. Managing Time, Harvard Business School Press, (Pocket

Mentor Series) 2006, Page 4.

[3]. Robert Banks, The

Tyranny of Time: When 24 Hours Is Not Enough,
Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1997, Page 61.



Rafaat A. Kamal

TED Field Secretatry, Director, Stewardship Ministries; Adventist Mission;  Public Affairs & Religious Liberty.

Rafaat Kamal holds two undergraduate degrees, one in

business and the other in religion. In addition to these, he holds an MBA, and

three other masters degrees, in: Curriculum and Educational Administration,

Humanities, and Religion. Prior to his current appointment, he has worked as a

teacher and school administrator for four years, and for fifteen years in international development,

the pastoral ministry and church leadership.

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