Let’s face it, time is short. There are so many things we could be doing with our time that would serve the Lord. There are also many more things we could be doing that wastes our time and has no eternal value.
The average adult in North America spends over 5 hours a day on TV and entertainment. Wow! As Christians we need to guard against wasting that much time. Here are a few suggestions to help.
- Define goals. Set some attainable and reasonable goals to achieve. For example you might decide that 1 hour a night is more than plenty and keep a timer going when you are online or watching TV or even reading a book (unless the book is the Bible). You may decided that on a specific night you will not go online at all and you will devote it to face to face relationships instead.
- Accountability. If you are married or living at home or with others in your house then ask them to help you in achieving your goals. Clearly identify what your goals are, even have them involved in setting the goals. Have them challenge you when they feel you are not keeping to them.
- Balance is the key. Make sure to identify the things that MUST be done in your life to help you grow. Reading the Bible every day and having a quiet time is vital. Spending time with family and friends is vital. Healthy living is important as well. Make sure that your life is filled with a variety of activities that will keep you balanced.
- Adjust priorities. Some things are just not as important as others. If you find that your time online is squeezing out other, more important items then it’s time to adjust the priorities. This may require the help of a mentor to bring your focus back onto the Lord. Make the effort to reach out to someone you respect and trust and get the priorities in the right order.
We are to redeem the time because the day of grace is short. Let’s be purposeful about how we spend our time online and make sure we are doing all to the glory of God.
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16