Where does it go? Time, where does it go? It seems like it was just the other day that it was 1968 and I was in high school. Now it’s March 1, 2010.

I don’t know where they get these statistics but I have read that over a lifetime here in the good ol’ USA a person will spend . . .

  • 8 months opening junk mail
  • 1 year looking for lost stuff
  • 4 years doing household chores
  • 5 years standing in line
  • 6 years eating

Add to these stats the time we spend in doctor’s offices, waiting in airports, filling up the car with gas, filing our income tax, (drinking coffee in coffee shops) and we get squeezed a little more.

I used to see waiting in line as a waste of time but I found a way to redeem some of those minutes. Instead of looking for the shortest line or using the self-checkout lane at the supermarket, I look for the checker who might most need a word of encouragement and choose that line. I don’t sit in my car at the bank drive through, but intentionally go inside, stand in line and use the same teller.

I don’t want to waste my time; I do want to use it. So, if I’m going to spend 6 years of my life eating or 5 years standing in line, I want make the most of it.

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6 NLT)

The clock is ticking, put it to good use.

Grace and Peace,

Join the Conversation: Any tips or ideas? What are some ways we can use our time to build relationships, strengthen ties with others, or encourage someone?

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