There’s a thought that’s been going over and over in my head for some time: “How Many Days Have I Wasted?” I want my life to count! I’m not talking about being remembered on earth for some great achievement necessarily. But for eternity – the bigger picture – the place it TRULY matters.
Considering the Bible tells us that our lives are nothing more than a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away, I need to watch every fleeing minute! (James 4:14)
So here goes, 4 Ways To Waste Your Day (& Your Life!)
Now there are MILLIONS of ways to waste your time away. Stay glued to the device you’re reading this post on long enough and you’ll accomplish that! So certainly this can’t be an exhaustive list. Rather, I want to give you the most important ones which, conversely, are the primary ways to make your life count!
#1) IGNORE THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU!
You’re not an accident or some mutant of evolution. NOTHING improves with time on its own. Take your own physical body as an example. Over the years, has it improved? What do you think would happen to it if you were allowed to live for “millions of years”? The physical world doesn’t improve or evolve over time!
You were CREATED by a Divine Designer for a divine purpose!
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Want to waste your life? Ignore the very reason for which you were created. “HIS WORKMANSHIP…UNTO GOOD WORKS…” Let me take it one step further. IGNORE THE ONE WHO NOT ONLY CREATED YOU BUT DIED FOR YOU!
Read John 3:16 again. Remember this part, “…whosoever believeth in Him should not PERISH…”? That word perish means wasted. Jesus Christ died for you, rose again from the dead for you, and loves you so that your life doesn’t have to be wasted!
What will it be like to one day stand before Him (and you will!) and realize everything He did to save you from destruction. What have YOU done with what HE did?
#2) LEARN NOTHING NEW
I love to read. I primarily read the Bible, but I enjoy other things as well. I read books on leadership, history, and even business. Why? I enjoy learning new things. A godly man and great friend of mine, Rev. Gene Rutledge, said something the other day that became the seed for this post. He said, “A day without learning anything new is a day wasted.” How true!
#3) HELP NO ONE
One of the great joys of living is doing things for others. Investing in someone else’s life. Isn’t it interesting how closely connected the words SUCCESS and SUCCESSOR are? You can’t truly have success without a successor. That “successor” can be your child, or any loved one. That one you help may be in a Sunday School class, or on the job. The point is that a life invested in someone else for the right reasons can never be wasted! It can outlive you!
#4) EXPERIENCE NOTHING NEW
I love new experiences! I love to travel to new places, eat new things, and meet new people. How boring would life be if you never experienced anything new? It doesn’t have to be a far away country, but get out! Go see something new – just do SOMETHING!
I want to have new experiences with The Lord, my family, and those I pastor. I want to have experiences that teach me new things. I want to experience the joys of investing in others. How about you?
What would you add to this list? Leave me your thoughts in the comments section below.
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