Recently, I read an article which asked the question, “If your house was burning and you had moments to rescue what was most valuable to you, what would you attempt to save?”
The article suggested that most people would try to save their home first, then some would focus on family keepsakes, and almost everyone would go for their phone (like, what would we do without the phone?). Others might rush to rescue their vehicles.
Beyond the article and all the things to rescue, I think we all know what we’d save. We’d save ourselves. And the reason we’d save ourselves is that our most precious possession is our time. We’d want to make sure that we had more time for relationships, for experiences, and for life. I think this is pretty much a universal thing - we all want to rescue time.
What bothers me about this truth is that if time is my most valuable possession, why do I waste so much of it? Can we just admit that there are more ways to waste time than ever before? Can we acknowledge that our culture and world will take the seconds and minutes and hours we will give it - all the while making what we have left to spend smaller and smaller? What’s the answer to that? There’s only one answer that I know of.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
I pray this verse every day. And each time I do, I’m more acutely aware that my time on earth is both valuable and diminishing. One day I’ll have none left. It’s up to each of us to ensure its spent well on things that count.
Thoughts from John Meador and insights from God's Word.