How To Not Waste Your Life (Practically Speaking)

All of us want to reach the end of our life one day and say that we did not waste it. None of us want that awful feeling of regret. Good. That’s a godly desire to have for a people who know they’ve been made for a purpose.

I want to suggest to us that in order for that to happen, we need to be adept at actually micromanaging wisdom. Let me explain by first expanding on what the ultimatum end of our life actually looks like.

The sum of our lives is actually just the average of how we spend each day.

You’ll never be able to say you spent your life well unless you actually spent it well on a daily basis. We need to develop a mental framework that understands the importance of intentionality in our day to day activities. And in very practical terms, and also my suggestion to all of us is: Get a schedule that honors Jesus Christ.

If you pulled out a schedule of your weekly activities, what would it look like? Because where your heart is, is really where your time is–where is all your time going?

To be honest, when I became more and more gripped with the idea of standing before God one day and having to give an account to Him what I did in this life, there were so many things that I stopped doing in my weekly schedule as a general rule because I realized I didn’t want to waste my time. And the impetus for me not wasting my time was me not wasting my life.

I began throwing away times where I sat around and did nothing. Or times playing video games. Or times watching TV. Or having unaccounted time on the internet. I realized that being entertained and having fun (although there’s nothing wrong with them) were not things that would sum up into a life that counted.

Additionally, I began to be very intentional about how I spent my time. If my life goal is really to love Jesus with all my heart, mind, and soul, I definitely need more than dinky few minutes in the morning and at night to grow in intimacy with him. I began scheduling longer times of devotion, having devotions mid day, finding time for prayer, finding time to fellowship with others, etc..

And over time, I learned that the more I did this, the more offended my heart became at the thought of wasting time on something that would mean nothing on the day of judgment.

So, here’s a friendly suggestion from a young guy (I’m only 23, remember) who’s committed to not wasting his life: Pull out your weekly schedule and plan out your 168 hours wisely so that a year from now you can say that you didn’t waste your time, and hence, your life.

Posted by Phillip Chan

Phil has been writing in the Black Box for 10 years. His passion is to grow in his love for Jesus to obey his purposes in our generation.

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