Today is another one of those days that has left me wondering where the time has gone. I’m taking two courses this semester (a shortened summer semester) in my MLS program and have really felt the time crunch over the last month or so. Not so much in a stressful way, just in a wondering where the hours have gone way. I’ve asked God often to manage my day in such a way that’s pleasing to Him and allows me to focus on the important things that need to be done. I’ve seen others suggest that it’s a good idea to write down or make a chart of what you’re spending your time in every day, but I’m afraid that I’d find too much of the chart filled with Internet and TV…
With that in mind, I was reading J.C. Ryle’s commentary on Luke 8 this morning and he offered some thoughts on this particular issue. And as always, he points to the example of our Lord and Savior.
Here’s Bishop Ryle:
“Let the diligence of Christ be an example to all Christians. Let us follow in His steps, however far we may come short of His perfection. Like Him, let us labor to do good in our day and generation, and to leave the world a better world than we found it. It is not for nothing that the Scripture says expressly- ‘He that abides in him ought himself also so to walk even as he walked.’ (1 John 2:6.)
Time is undoubtedly short. But much is to be done with time, if it is well economized and properly arranged. Few have an idea how much can be done in twelve hours, if men will stick to their business and avoid idleness and frivolity. Then let us, like our Lord, be diligent, and ‘redeem the time’.”