“Daylight saving time: Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket,” quipped one anonymous sage.
And so, the moans, groans, and debates begin over the efficacy of DST after “losing” an hour of sleep last night.
Although, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a supporter of DSL opined: “The next generation…would be better for having had this extra hour of daylight in their childhood.”
More importantly, however, is this issue: How are you spending your time? No, how are you investing your time
Time, like money, can be spent frivolously on unimportant, unnecessary, or even harmful activities, habits, and carnal desires.
On the other hand, time can be invested so it will return dividends to reward you in the future.
Prayer, Bible study, and worship are all investments in the soul that will produce spiritual growth, inner strength and reap eternal dividends.
In fact, like the compounding of money, our time invested in the lives of other people can multiply itself several times over.
When parents invest their time in teaching and training their children godly values, they duplicate themselves in the lives of future generations.
When preachers and pastors invest their time in the ministry of the Word and Shepherding souls there is an incalculable, ongoing effect, both in individual lives and the future of the congregation.
When we as good neighbors and concerned citizens invest our time in the communities where we live, we make our little corner of the world a better place that is often enjoyed for years to come.
When faithful Christians serve the needs of the hurting, widows, and orphans and “the least of these,” the investment is rewarded with renewed hope, happier lives, and heartfelt gratitude.
Often an investment of our time in a worthy cause or noble endeavor serves as a motivation to other people to “pay it forward.” And that causes still others to “pay it forward.” Who knows where the ripple effect of that investment will end?
A wise investment of our time, effort, and energy is encapsulated in the observation of Nelson Henderson. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
What are you doing with your time today? Spending it? Or investing it?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman