February 17, 2021
Still related to the article in the Daily Devotion yesterday. While I was worshiping God, I seemed to catch three words in English relating to the problem of ‘the time we spend’: Spending, Using and Investing.
From the understanding given by the Holy Spirit, I can explain that in our daily lives, everything is closely related to the problem of using time in our lives. If we go about our days, without a clear purpose or with wrong or inaccurate ones, it is the same as we are ‘spending’ or wasting or devouring our times in vain. There are various activities that are not productive (just for killing time).
For example, for a long time watching TV shows, doing ‘browsing’ in cyberspace or social media is a waste of time which, although it seems like ‘gives a sense of comfort’ because it activates the operation of endorphins in our brains, but it will actually make us become unproductive people, there is even a tendency to be lazy! Lazy to think, lazy to do something that demands an extra effort or something.
This is because the endorphin is ‘excessive’ in our brains which will only make us produce the same symptoms as people who are addicted. Mood or emotion becomes unstable, so we prefer to be lazy, the ability to interact with other people and the acuity of thinking decreases dramatically.
Meanwhile, if we have or set a clear purpose for every activity we do, we are actually ‘using and investing our times’! What we do ‘in the present’ not only provides benefits that we will be able to enjoy directly (immediately) but will also benefit us in the future.
Maybe we are doing ‘browsing’ in cyberspace, but with a clear purpose, namely to find certain information or learn something. So automatically, the time we spend studying something is useful for us “in the present”, as well as an investment that will benefit us in the future!
Psalms 90:12 (NKJV) So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
The word ‘to number’ is written from the Hebrews, ‘mânâh’, which means: to give weight, to give meaning or purpose.
So, from now on, learn to always ‘use’ and ‘invest’ your time wisely. Find God’s will and set good and divine purposes using the available time. Even though it requires personal discipline, I believe this is what will make our daily lives more productive and effective in God.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NKJV) SEE THEN THAT YOU WALK CIRCUMSPECTLY, not as fools but as wise, REDEEMING THE TIME, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but UNDERSTAND WHAT THE WILL OF THE LORD IS.
Ps. Steven Agustinus