The older I get, the more I realize that the most valuable commodity I possess is my time. I have said it before, but it is worth repeating, “If you lose money, don’t worry. You can always get more money. But, if you lose time, be concerned because you cannot get more time.” The older I get, the more I realize that the most valuable commodity I possess is my time. I have said it before, but it is worth repeating, “If you lose money, don’t worry. You can always get more money. But, if you lose time, be concerned because you cannot get more time.”
Simply put, our lives are made up of hours in each day. That seems simple enough to understand. However, I think that what all of us sometimes fail to realize is that days add up and soon they turn into weeks, months, and years. It seems as though the last fifty years of my life have passed in just a matter of minutes! Yet, I realize that those years have all been made up of days, each one 24 hours long.
Life is much like a garden. When we plant good seeds, we will get a good crop. If we plant bad seeds – or no seeds at all – then we get a crop in proportion to what we sow. It is the law of sowing and reaping. Often that principle is seen in a more negative light. We have a parent or teacher say, “You are headed for trouble – you are going to reap what you sow!” But, actually it can also work positively for each one of us. Let me explain.
Every farmer is counting on getting a good crop when he (or she) prepares the soil and plants the seed. He is betting all of his labor on the positive law of sowing and reaping. He knows that he will reap what he sows and therefore he prepares for a good harvest. The same can be true of us.
Instead of looking at our entire life on a long-term scale, perhaps we ought to look at it on a shorter, more daily basis, in order to see if what we are doing today will bring about a good crop in the future. In other words, it might be better to dedicate your day to a specific task rather than trying to dedicate your life to it. If you dedicate your day to a specific task – your life activities will automatically fall into place.
Recently I came across a poem that I had first seen years ago. I was so glad to find it again! It sums up what I am trying to say in this Tip.
When as a child I laughed and wept – time crept.
When as a youth I dreamed and talked – time walked.
When I became a full-grown man – time ran.
When older still I daily grew – time flew.
Soon I shall find as traveling on – time gone!
I first read that poem in 1971. It did something to my heart then, and it still does something to my heart today. It helps me to realize the power and value of time. There are some things I wish I could go back and do differently. However, there are also many “time seeds” that I am glad that I planted because they brought about great results and a wonderful harvest.
This week, take a closer look at your life on a short-term basis. See what seeds you are planting today and evaluate what kind of crop they will produce as time takes its course. As I stated earlier, the law of sowing and reaping is one that no one can ever deny. It will either work against us, or for us, depending on how we cooperate with it. Live today as though it were one of the most important days of your life. As time passes, you will see that the seeds that you plant today will grow to bless your life in the future and the life of other people as well.
Tip: Plant your time seeds!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm
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