The Irreplaceable Value of Time

Think about time. It is the most invaluable resource we have and we can’t get it back. Why? It’s our life, broken into chunks and spent on different things.

How are we spending it?

Look at work, and what you buy. For example, to eat every week I have to work 8 hours. To pay for our car will take 783 hours. That’s 19 1/2 weeks. This is a time that I can’t spend with family or church.

Free time. Well, unstructured time. Are you doing anything of value with it, or just staring at your phone or a screen. Does it serve a purpose?

I’m not advocating being a work-a-holic or ignoring the necessities. Just to be purposeful. Everything we do should have value. Using the time to provide and care for family, restorative time relaxing or with friends, time with God. There should be a balance.

It’s said so much that it’s a cliche, that no one dies wishing they had worked more. A company can replace us, or even be fine without us, in a lot of cases. It’s the time with people in our lives that matter.

Think of time as money. Got it? Now, what are you spending it on?

Are you investing it or wasting it?

Searching For Value And Meaning

I was watching Sherlock Season 4, and a line stuck out to me. One of the main characters sacrifices their life to save Sherlock. He couldn’t process it, at one point saying, “In saving my life Mary imparted value on it. I don’t know how to deal with that.”

Isn’t that what the cross is like?

The Desire for Value and Meaning

We want to have meaning, to be valued. Some chase a career for it, rising to the top as fast as possible, only to be forgotten just as fast. Other’s instead of achievement, buy stuff to impress others, all the while projecting a shallow pride. No one is really impressed.

Then what I see most, and closer to the truth, is searching for meaning in relationships. A new boyfriend or girlfriend becomes their world. Yet, because they expect so much out of them, they kill the relationship, draining it dry. It cannot meet every need.

Insecure. Unable to find meaning, no one to value you, it all seems meaningless. I tell you, that you are valued. The cross proves it.

The Value From The Cross

The King of Creation stepped out of glory and became a man with all of our weaknesses. For you. (John 1:1-18)

He bridged the gap between Heaven and Earth, pointing the way back to Heaven. For you. (John 3:13)

By creating you, he gave you value. By dying for you, enabling you to enter into a fulfilling relationship with him, he proved just how valuable you are to him. (John 3:16)

He has everything and left it for you to have a chance to enjoy the same relationship the Trinity has. When he rose again, he showed that your life has eternal value. That this isn’t the end.

Let’s change the quote and provide an answer.

“In saving my life, Jesus imparted value on it. I don’t know how to deal with it.”

Accept it as the gift it is, don’t waste it. To do so betrays how little value you place on his life. Accept it. 

Instilling Value and Wisdom Into Kids

Keying off of last Wednesday’s post, I wondered what could be done before kids get into relationships? My small army of nieces and nephews are not going to stay little forever, they’ll grow up. A few are almost teenagers now.

What about my kids if I have any? What would I do if Squiggles had survived to make sure they made wise decisions?

Personal Value

This is my thought, to teach them how valuable they are on their own so they won’t need another person to define them. Especially in the dating/boyfriend/girlfriend stage, they shouldn’t be everything to them.

Don’t be an open book and give everything away. Teach them they’re more than a body, with much more to offer. To value themselves enough to take it slow, wait, be patient, and to treat others as more than an object to use. I’ve heard it put like this; ‘date the mind, marry the body.’

Why Is This Important?

Humans are made in the Image of God, which carries a whole lot of theology behind it, which means this—we’re more than a really smart monkey. Every person has hopes, dreams, and a limited time on earth. This means they have intrinsic value, and should be treated with respect.

Looking ahead, I know I’m a bit of a control freak as a creature of habits and routines. I also know I’m young enough to remember being a teenager who made his own decisions despite his parents. We can’t completely control them, but we can instill a foundation of wisdom.