How valuable is your time?

By BY GARY ANDREWS GARY@GADEVOTIONALS.COM,

As I was going through some of my files from years ago, I came across a hard copy of an email I received in 2011. This was the year I retired from the newspaper industry and as I re-read this email it struck me on how I had used my time over my years of life. Was my time more beneficial for me or was is it used in some way to help or maybe inspire someone else?

Time is valuable and how we use it depends on us. To paraphrase the story of the email, a young man, named Jack, received a call from his mom stating that their neighbor had passed away. Jack, a young executive who lived several states away, scheduled a flight home to pay his last respects. He reminisced about his younger days when he spent time with the man next door.

When Jack lost his father as a boy, the neighbor stepped into his life to give him some male leadership and guidance. The neighbor had no children of his own. He became a mentor for Jack and taught him about life, taught him a trade, and proudly filled in when a role model was needed.

Jack’s neighbor kept a small box on his desk and told the boy he must never look inside it. He always told Jack the box contained what he valued most.

When Jack came home for the neighbor’s funeral, and as he and his mom walked through their neighbor’s home for one final time, he noticed the box was missing. This confused and angered Jack because he was unhappy that someone had taken it.

About two weeks later Jack received a package in the mail and it contained the box from the neighbor’s house. With the package was a letter with a key taped to it. The letter was from his neighbor with instructions to be mailed to Jack at the time of his death. The key was to open this precious box with an unknown identity.

With great anticipation Jack opened the box and inside was a gold pocket watch. Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved: “Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser.”

Jack realized the thing Mr. Belser valued the most was…his time.

How many of us realize how we are spending our time? Are we chasing the values of the world or are we spending precious time with family, friends, or neighbors who have no one else?

We need to remember what we are told in Hebrews 10:25(NIV); “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

We need to remember that we may mean the world to someone. Also remember that a smile from us or a kind word may bring happiness to someone else. We may also be the only person that someone sees or hears the good news of Christ Jesus. As a Christian it is our responsibility to share Christ’s love to everyone we see.

How do you value your time?

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