Treat time like a treasure

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By Louis Abel

It was the last day of the month.  Taking my desk calendar and reviewing the appointments filled, the projects accomplished, and the obligations met, I tore it from the pad, rolled it up into a wad and threw it into the wastebasket. 

As I did so, however, I was consumed with the thought: the paper  that I'm disposing of represents an entire month of my life. Have I been faithful in accomplishing that which the Lord has given me to do during those days?  Were those precious minutes and hours utilized in the very best way? Or could it be that time has been squandered, opportunities disregarded, and the minutes wasted? Could it be possible that the month itself had been spent in such a way that God considered it fit only for the "wastebasket" of broken promises and dead works?

Frequently we categorize our problems, putting some down as greater than others.  If we are at all justified in doing this, I believe one of the worst sins on the list is that of wasting time.  Those hours, minutes, and seconds which are given to us must be considered as a treasured trust. 

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