Greetings precious people. In todayís article we will be looking at a commodity that is becoming more and more rare in our society, "Time".

. Most of us would agree that time is something that we wished we had more of. When we look back at certain periods of our life, we regret to say that we have wasted time. Time is something that is rarely ever regained. Once it has past, it is past.

I find it interesting that the manufacturers of many of our modern day conveniences try to use the selling point that their product is a real time saver for the consumer. If we would simply purchase their product, weíll have more time than weíll know what to do with.

Take the cell phone for instance. A few years ago one of the makers of a popular cell phone ran a full page add in the newspaper for a number of weeks. Some of the major selling points were that this product would give you freedom and more time to do that, which was "important". In the ad, they showed a number photographs of a woman during various times of her week. As she was walking down the sidewalk, driving down the street, she was talking on her cell phone. The photo that really got me was when this woman was at the beach with what appeared to be her two daughters, there the girls were playing in the sand, while mom was busy talking on her cell phone. One of the girls was looking at her mom as if to say, "could you turn off the phone and spend some time with us?" I could say a lot about cell phone users, how rude and inconsiderate many of them are, but I donít have time. It is ironic how the very things that promise us more time have only in many instances robbed us precious time.

Let me take a moment and talk to moms, dads, and families, especially dads. The "experts" have told us over the years, that it is more important to spend "quality" time with our spouse and family than it is to spend "quantity" time. So, for five to sixty minutes a week we get together with our children or spouse and say, "Letís spend some quality time together, but we have to hurry because I have a lot to do." What a lie we have been told. Children and spouses are more interested in the quantity of time spent with them. Quantity time is quality time.

A few years ago Harry Chapin wrote a song entitled, "Cats in the Cradle". This song has ministered to me many times concerning the need of spending time with my family. A line in the song goes, "A child arrived just the other day, he came into the world in the usual way. But there were planes to catch and bills to pay, he learned to walk while I was away." Another line says, "My son turned ten just the other day, he said thanks for the ball dad, come on let play. Can you teach me to throw? I said not today, Iíve got a lot to do. He said thatís ok " The last part of the chorus contains a question by the son and an answer by the dad. It goes as follows, "When you coming home dad?" "I donít know when, but weíll get together then son. You know weíll have a good time then." The truth is, they never did find the time. Even more tragic, the reality of this song is played out millions of times each day in real peopleís lives.

Too many dads, moms, husbands, wives, and children look back with regret at the time that has been lost forever. Time that should have been spent with their family. Instead it was wasted on "getting ahead" or some other vain venture. Listen dear ones; donít waste time on frivolous things. Prioritize your time and your life. In order to do this correctly, we need to understand what Godís Word, the Bible, has to say concerning time.

In Psalm 89:47, "Remember how short my time is; for what futility have You created all the children of men?" Ps 39:5-6, "Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them." Psalm 102:11, "My days are like a shadow that lengthens, And I wither away like grass." 1 Peter 1:24, "Because all flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away." God clearly tells us that our time is short. Donít we know that to be so?

The following verses give instruction on what to do with the short time that we do have. In Ephesians 5:10-21, "Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light." 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. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God."

Jesus taught a powerful lesson on the subject of wise time management. In Luke 12:13-21, "Then one from the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." But He said to him, "Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?" And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." 'But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

What are you doing with your time? Your life? Are you living your life and using your time for the things of God? Finding out what the will of God is for your life and doing it? Or, are you wasting your time and life on self indulgent ventures that will amount to nothing and bring no satisfaction to soul, no purpose to life, and no peace to heart and mind? Seek the Lord and He will show you purpose for your life and how to use time wisely.

If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail ccalpine@juno.com

Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine