Time is one of those things that you can never get back. We all have an appointed time to live, and we will not see another second of it. Everyone has a certain purpose to live for on this earth, and when that purpose is accomplished, our time is done (Acts 13:36). No magic wand will ever be able to reclaim the time you wasted yesterday. You will never be able to make up the time that you have wasted when you needed to be doing something important. Time is slowly ticking away for each of us, and we must decide how we are going to spend what is left of the time given us.
Paul told the Ephesian church, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16). This world has seen numerous people who have walked unwisely, but it is remarkable that Paul equated wise walking or living to someone who makes the best use of time given to him. The Apostle revealed that there are plenty of ways to use our time in this life, but a most effective option of using our time always exists. Plenty of opportunities will present themselves to us on how to waste time, but we must acknowledge that God has the right and the ability to deem what is the best use.
The Puritans didn’t speak of spending time. They spoke of redeeming the time. Just like when Paul told the Ephesians to make the most of their time, the Puritans saw each actual second as a gift that must be spent carefully. When it comes to time, balance is key. Don’t work so much that you don’t have time to play, but don’t play so much that you don’t have time to work. The time is limited and you can never get these days back. Choose wisely.
How do you redeem the time?