“Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time…”
~Ephesians 5:15

It had been a long day. I curled up on the couch and scrolled through my Facebook feed. I clicked on a dozen or more links and read the stories. A few took me over to YouTube, where I proceeded to scroll through other videos of similar interest. An hour went by. Then two. I was deeply engrossed in a video of Amerca’s Got Talent when I felt a gentle tap on my shoulder.

“Are you wasting time?” God asked me.

“I’m unwinding after a hard day,” I explained.

“The most valuable asset you have is time,” He told me. “Use it wisely.”

“Sure thing, God,” I said, not really paying attention to Him as I scrolled to yet another video. My stomach began growling, insisting that I eat dinner. Reluctantly, I put down my laptop and found my way into the kitchen. I had to turn on the lights as the sun had long ago said goodbye to the day. I was a bit disoriented, intoxicated from the social media binge. I washed vegetables and chopped up chicken to stir fry, all the while thinking about God’s gentle reminder to use my time wisely. Deep inside I know that my time spent scrolling social media posts isn’t the highest and best use of my time.

I cooked dinner and ate. Afterward, I  scrubbed the pans and washed the dishes. Instead of grabbing my laptop for mindless entertainment, I called a friend I know who is struggling with a big life change. We talked for awhile. When we said goodbye, I felt good inside; much better than I do after a binge of social media.

Time is our most valuable asset. I know I waste too much of it on things that don’t matter. What do you spend too much time doing?

 

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