Perspective on the Stewardship of Time




Psalm 90:12

New International Version (NIV)

12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

For kicks, I took a life expectancy test on the internet and here are the results that I received:

Life Expectancy Results

Life Expectancy: 86.90 years Lower Quartile: 79.03 years (75% chance you will live longer than this) Median Lifetime: 88.41 years (50% chance you will live longer than this) Upper Quartile: 96.23 years (25% chance you will live longer than this).

?????????That being said,  I am currently age 46, which means according to this, I am over half the age that I have till I die.  According the the calculators, I have 41 years left before I go home.  In other words, I have 14,975 days, or (if I am calculating this right), 21 million 464 thousand minutes before I am gone baby gone.  As I am typing this I have a son who is 10 years old and two daughters (ages 9 and 7, respectively).

Psalm 39:4-5

New International Version (NIV)

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.

This past month, I have come to realize how important time is in my life as Prophet, Priest and King of my household.   Scripture clearly tells me as husband and father that I have these roles and that I am to die to self to serve others that I am responsible for.  Thereby, my son and two daughters, my wife and so on - those that I have immediate impact on.

Just thinking about this can be very humbling and intimidating knowing this plate that I have.  All of a sudden, if you are like me, a wave of emotions and thoughts come to mind:

What are my priorities:

  • Are my priorities aligned with God's will for my life
  • I need to prioritize those things that matter most
  • I need to give both quantity and quality to those things that DO MATTER most and let go of the things that do not.
  • Do I possess the gifts and attributes to prioritize those things?  If not, who do I know that does
  • If I were to look at my IPhone, DayPlanner, Checkbook, would my answers correlate with these three things?  If not, why not

Let's take some inventory:

  • How many hours of sleep do you get a night
  • How many hours do you work in a day, a week and a year
  • How many minutes, hours, days do you give your wife and children
  • How much time do you give God
  • Are my priorities in line with God's
  • Who is my g/God (myself or God)
  • Looking at my checkbook, is my stewardship in line with God's plan for stewardship

Let's take a moment to be honest:

  • I am not being an effective steward of time:  True or False
  • I am wasting more time than I am using the way God wants me to:  True or False
  • I need to get sound wisdom on this topic and need to seek a mentor and scripture and God's will for my life:  True or False
  • I am not sure where to find this (even in Scripture):  True or False

After reading through this again (for the third time), I find myself lacking in some key areas of my life.  I need to take stock of the "to-do" lists and the demand of time and how quickly it passes.  As I study myself in the mirror I notice a little hint of grey hairs and a hairline that has been receding.  I realize that my kids are almost all halfway out the door and I have so much more work and instruction for them - the beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord.

The next few posts I will be walking through the Stewardship of time and where I am at in making what matters most - the priority of being a good steward with the time that God has given me.

What about you?  Where are you at on this so valuable of a topic?

Let me know,