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Make the Most of Your Time – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

The life of John Wesley is a great example of the scriptural principle “making the most of your time.” He averaged three sermons a day for fifty-four years, preaching a total of more than 44,000 times in his life. In doing this he traveled by horseback and carriage more than 200,000 miles—about 5,000 miles a year. Even for a very productive man, that would seem to be a full-time effort.
 
Still, Wesley found time to write and edit. His published works include a four-volume commentary on the entire Bible, a five-volume work on natural philosophy, a four-volume work on church history, and a dictionary of the English language. He also wrote histories of England and Rome; grammars on the Hebrew, Latin, Greek, French, and English languages; three works on medicine; six volumes of church music; and seven volumes of sermons; and he edited a library of fifty volumes known as the “Christian Library.”
 
Each day he rose at 4 a.m. and didn’t go to bed until 10 p.m., allowing only brief periods for meals. Yet he declared, “I have more hours of private retirement than any man in England.”
 
Our days are like identical suitcases—all the same size. But some pack more into them than others. These are purpose-driven, goal-oriented people—unlike the man whose tombstone read, “When it came time to die, I discovered I had not lived.” So heed this Scripture: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (vv. 15-16 NIV).
Since our time on earth is limited, let’s make the most of the time we have left.  Obviously, only God knows the number of days we have left, but we are called to live with a sense of a countdown according to Psalm 90:12: “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” To number means to “weigh” or “measure” our moments so that we live them for God’s glory and for the good of others.
 
Billy Graham was once asked what he was most surprised by in life. He answered, “It’s brevity.” It’s too late to redeem the time that is past, but not the time that is passing. Friends, let’s not just ‘mark time,’ but use the time we have left to make a mark for the kingdom.
 
Here’s a principle. Every time you can do something good you should.  Time is a very precious possession and it’s very easy to lose it or to allow activities to steal it. We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived and we will never have any time but the present.
 

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