Nena Arias | October 4, 2021
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
I once had a very costly yellow-gold diamond ring that was given to me by a lady friend who just wanted to bless me with it. She said God had put it in her heart to do so. It was a ring which I really liked and enjoyed wearing especially of how it had come to me by God’s prompting. It was a large rose with a sizeable high-quality diamond in the middle.
I noticed while wearing it, inevitably, the rose petals would get caught on clothes or whatever. So, in time, with the tugging and pulling, the band broke right where it was attached to the rose.
Several years later, for a wedding anniversary, as I was going on a trip, my husband asked me what I wanted as a gift. I said, please repair my ring. I slipped it out of my finger and gave it to him. As I did, a fleeting thought came to me, ‘he is going to lose it.’ I have such regret that I didn’t pay enough attention to that thought because that is exactly what happened. My ring was gone forever. I felt such pain because of how much I valued it.
I must admit that I have very expensive taste for almost everything. It never fails, my eyes gravitate to the most expensive homes, cars, furniture, clothing, jewelry, perfume or even food. My taste in these things just calls my attention to the most expensive items. By this I am not saying that I buy them because my pocketbook just doesn’t match my tastes. And even if I did have the means, my priorities are elsewhere, especially when it comes to helping others or investing in the kingdom of God and winning souls. That is where my heart is, just like Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Whatever your treasure is, imagine losing it forever. The pain, the dread, and maybe even panic at thinking that you can never get it back no matter what you do.
Well, there is an irretrievable treasure slipping away ever so silently right through everyone’s hands and, often, we are not even aware that it is happening.
The treasure I am talking about is time. Once this moment, this hour, this day, week, month, and year are gone, we can never get them back. They are gone forever, and our life’s history will record what we accomplished and how we invested our time because how we spend our days is how we spend our lives.
We all waste too much time on things that we may live to regret. I am guilty of this. In the last three decades of my life, I am investing more time on the things that have always mattered to me the most but now in double-time and I have discovered a richness and depth that is so meaningful. I wouldn’t trade it for anything no matter how tempting and enticing it is. The more I invest my life in the things that really matter, the more I want to continue doing that. Don’t get me wrong, a long time ago, at the young age of seventeen years, I made the most important decision of my life which is the born-again experience in Jesus Christ. I surrendered my life, wholeheartedly to him and never looked back. My commitment was and is one hundred percent, and by that, I mean I set out to do God’s will for life and I made sure I was following my marching orders from God closely.
Like I said, my commitment to the Lord has always been unwavering, but there came a time with ministry, family, children, and people, I was so tired at the end of the day that my prayer life and Bible study became very anemic until I had a very rude awakening. I asked the Lord for forgiveness and set myself back on track. This was over thirty years ago, and it only gets better with each passing day. Even so, I could do better if I was more careful with how I invest my time. I never want to regret again and have to say, ‘what took me so long to come to this realization?’
Time is precious and irretrievable. Once it’s gone, you can never get it back. Don’t waste this irretrievable treasure. Don’t spend your life saying, “I will do it when…” Make up your mind firmly today, make an action plan and stop wasting, procrastinating, and putting off important things for the future. Your future will be what you invest your time on today.
“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”
~ Benjamin Franklin ~