I LOVED my pastor's sermon today. It was everything I needed to hear.
The lesson today was on time management. "When you run out of time, you die," my pastor said. (On a side note, it made me think of that new movie coming out, In Time.)
Anyway, one of the points he made, and the one that stuck out to me the most, was that we have time--we just waste it early on. Then, when it comes time to get the really important things done, we have only a small amount of time left...and feel rushed and stressed.
Our problem isn't that we don't have enough time. We waste it. That's all there is to it.
I definitely have a problem with wasting time. I always feel like I don't have enough time to get things done. It's true, I really don't have a lot of free time....but it's also true that I don't exactly spend every spare second I have getting things done. I definitely waste time. I would guess I waste at least a couple hours in every day.
Can you imagine all the things you could get done if you were given all the time you've wasted in your life back? Let's see...we'll say I've wasted about 3 hours every day for the past 18 years. Obviously this is an inaccurate figure, but it's an estimated average, so bear with me.
People, that 19,710 hours I have wasted in my life. More if you take leap years into consideration, which I totally didn't because that math was too complicated for me. 19,710!! That's crazy! I could get SO MUCH DONE in that amount of time.
I could write a book...
I could make a movie...
I could spend a week in every country in the world...I could build a time machine...
I could come up with the cure for cancer.
Okay, maybe not all that. But 19,710 hours is over 800 days. I could get a lot of things accomplished in 800 days.
800 days of my life...wasted. That's about 2 and a half years.
Wow. That's incredible.
This has definitely opened my eyes to how I spend my time, and from now on I am definitely going to try to get the important things done first, and then "waste" the leftover time. The sermon this morning was exactly what I needed, because my life has been CRAZY busy lately.
It's not that we don't have time...it's that we waste it early on. Those words have been ringing in my head all day. Truly a great reminder.
P.S. I hope I didn't hurt your head with all the math. Because I definitely hurt mine.