Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.
~ Harvey MacKay
How many times do you say “if only i had the time!” I would do this if I had the time. Im going to do that when i find the time. When i get time im going to do blah blah blah. How often do you ever find that time? How much time do you dedicate to trying to find that time?
We often throw the word time out there like it is a commodity. Something that we have to find or buy or have. But stop for a few minutes, take the time, to really think about time! It is free and we get to use it however we want. What are you using your time for? What do you want to find time to do but have not?
I was thinking this weekend about all the stuff that i had to do and where was i going to find the time! I realized how much stuff i do that i dont really need to do! How much time i waste on things that arent truly necessary to anything or anyone other than myself! For instance, time on the computer or for some, time spent watching TV. I stopped watching TV 4 years ago. I remember one night laying in bed exhausted and struggling to stay awake to watch some reality TV show. It dawned on me what a waste of time it was! I was exhausted, i needed sleep and yet i was not doing it because of some stupid show that had absolutely no impact on my life other than it was interesting! Which would be more productive, a pointless TV show or sleeping an extra hour?! Sleep won!
It frustrates me when people say they dont have the time to work out or be healthy! I work 10+ hours most days and for several years was a single mom of two young children. It wasnt easy but i found the time to go and work out! I didnt do a lot of things that i would have liked to have done so that i could have the time to go and workout. In the two and a half hours i have been back in the gym my workouts average between 30-45mins. thats it! I dont waste my time in the gym any more than i waste it watching TV! I want something that is more important! If you really want to look better and be healthier, you will stop making excuses and give up some TV or computer time and head to the gym or out for a walk or buy a jump rope or doing lunges up and down your living room or crunches using the couch! There are many ways to get into shape that only take you and a small amount of your time!
What we choose to spend our time doing is our choice! Certainly there is work and other things that have to be done but there are many things that we choose to do with our time. We choose to be on the internet! We choose to watch TV. We choose to do church things. We choose how much we do for others. Our time is our choice!
The next time you are wondering where you are going to find the time to do something stop and look at the things that you are currently doing with your time! Make a priority list! What is important? What is for fun? What is necessary for work? What is really just a waste of time? What is only for yourself? What is for others? Stop and really think about it!
Prioritize and use your time for what you want to! Stop making excuse for not having the time to do things! We all have the same amount of time, how we use it is where some succeed and others fail!