by J.R. Miller
“Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise–making the most of your time!” Ephesians 5:15-16
If you saw a man standing by the shore, and flinging gold coins and diamonds into the sea–you would say that he was insane. Yet God sees many people continually doing something very like this. Not gold and precious stones, do they this throw away–but minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years of time–possessions which are of greater worth than any gems of earth!
If we knew the intrinsic value of time–we would not allow a moment of it ever to be wasted!
It is said that in the mints, where gold is coined, that the sweepings of the floors are gathered and passed through the fire, and that in the course of a year large amounts of gold are saved from the mere dust of the precious gold which flies from it as it passes through the various processes of minting.
In the same way, what vast values would be saved if there were some way of gathering up all the little fragments of the days and hours–the golden dust of time, which people let drop amid the wastes!
Then think how much most of us would really add to the length of our life, if we had learned to use every hour and moment. We talk seriously of the brevity of life. We are often heard complaining about the shortness of the days, wishing they had many more hours in them. Probably the majority of people waste one-half of their time, and have made only one-half as much of their life as they might have done–if they had only used their time with wise economy, and had not squandered any of it.
by J.R. Miller