Time. Without a doubt, it is life’s most valuable resource. This isn’t a new concept. In fact, its a widely popularized one. And yet, the weird thing to me is, no one really lives like it’s true. Instead we live our lives as if money was our most valuable resource. We spend our time on money. Accumulating it. Hoarding it. The goal is always more comforts, bigger numbers, and exceedingly lavish lifestyles. And don’t get me wrong, I LOVE money. I salivate over it. I even get giddy every time someone buys a bag of Fire Drops for $3.99. I save, I plan, I earn, I repeat. Day in and day out much of my life revolves around this precious commodity we call money. Its a powerful tool, no doubt. But when I think about reaching the end of our lives, I can’t help but feel like we won’t regret not having made more money. I can’t help but feel like we’ll miss something irretrievable. Something that once seemed so infinite, but now seems so fleeting. We’ll regret having wasted time. The hours spent in the office, or on the phone, or watching Netflix, or scrolling through news feeds. Again, this isn’t to say money is of no importance or that we should all quit our jobs and venture across the world. Its also not to say that work, or Netflix, or social media are a waste of our time. Instead, its a reminder. A truth we must continue to emphasize. An attitude. A mindfulness about how we utilize our time. About the fact that whether we like it or not, we are literally spending our time. That one day, this heart will stop, and what once seemed so distant and incomprehensible, is our reality. That we are dying. That time is limited.
Its with this idea in mind that I recently conducted an audit of my own life. To analyze how I spend my time and my other resources: money, skills, possessions, etc. I wanted to understand not only how I use each of these resources, but also how time relates to each of them. For example, asking the question: “where do I spend my money the most”, and also considering: “how much time is spent on that particular use of money?” Its a pretty lengthy process as you can imagine. It involves analyzing everything from credit statements, to web history, to entertainment consumption, to socializing, to social networking, to volunteering, to learning, and so on and so on. I have to admit, I jumped into this task and became overwhelmed pretty quickly. There was simply too much to analyze. Too much to question. Too much to second-guess. In my research though, one trend did emerge. ME. My resources were being utilized and spent, for the most part, solely by me.
And this is where we get to the meat of what I’m trying to say. Its easy for us to live closed-handed. For us to grab and hold onto these precious resources. Time, but also money and all the others. After all, these resources are finite. We are only given a specific amount of money in our paycheck every week. We are only given a certain allotment of minutes in our lives. The natural tendency of our hearts is to close our hands. To hold off. To hoard. What if this paycheck isn’t enough for me? What if we fail? What is we can’t meet the rent payment or the mortgage? What if I’m too giving with my time? What if I don’t get to see everything I’d hoped in this life? What if I don’t get to do everything I’d imagined in this life? What if it all comes to a close too soon? Why should I give? I worked hard for this. This is mine.
Here’s the answer that I’ve come to find in my life: to give is always better than to receive. If I had one hope for you it’d be this: that you’d come to the full realization as to the value of the resources bestowed upon you. That you’d come to really see just how costly it is to spend your time and your money and your resources. And then, in spite of that knowledge, that you’d still give them all away. Free of charge. Without recompense, and with gladness. Always in love toward others, and always in tribute to a faithful Partner who provides the sustenance for a life infinitely beyond that which we could ever see or imagine.
Love and peace