I got caught up the other day playing a video game for hours. Now mind you, when I was a young boy, I was video game king! I lived in the arcade (for those that remember what those are), spending hours upon hours of my time playing video games, spending every quarter I had, trying to master each machine so I could have the highest score and claim that I was the “best” (and I did become master of several of them by the way!)
These days, I don’t allow myself permission or time to even watch the TV let alone play a video game, but I somehow started playing it, enjoyed it, and before I knew it several hours had gone by.
This one example of me using my time to play a video game wasn’t bad by itself. I actually enjoyed the mindless entertainment I had and was glad I was able to unplug my mind in this way for a brief bit (a little longer than maybe I should have). It actually was a good release after I had a long and taxing day.
But it caused me to think of my time again in a different way. A way that I have talked about before (see related post here).
As I read in a recent devotional from Henry Blackaby called Experiencing God, “The enemy knows that blatantly tempting you with evil will be obvious, so he will lure you with distractions, leaving you no time to carry out God’s will.”
A Real Christian Businessman knows that money is not his greatest asset, ideas are not his greatest asset, but TIME is his greatest asset.
What are you spending your time on at work? Talking to other co-workers about the latest series on Netflix? Making sure your inbox is the cleanest and leanest one, while neglecting the important budget project that is due? Do you walk around visiting other co-workers, checking in with them, or are you making sure you are prepared for your next meeting?
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Eph 5:15-16 NIV
As a Real Christian Businessman, in order to carry out God’s will, let this serve as a small reminder that we need to be spending our time as wisely as we can, because once it is gone, we are not able to get it back.
Let your time this week be used wisely, so that the enemy will not trick you into thinking you are doing something good, but are giving your best to God and to those around you.
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