I love the teachings of Andy Stanley. He has a great way of putting biblical messages into today’s practical applications. A great friend of mine, turned me onto a message series of Andy’s called “Time of Your Life”. The message series helps you understand about your time on earth, setting priorities, and where the value of your time is.
I highly recommend that you listen or watch the entire series, but my focus is on the 3rd part. Now, before you tune out or close your browser, because this is one of my religious blog posts… hang with me. This concept applies to everyone no matter what your belief. Below is the guiding principle of this message:
There is a cumulative value to investing small amounts of time in certain activities over a long period of time.
Sounds pretty deep, complicated, and all consuming, but the bottom line is:
- You have to keep praying.
- You have to keep doing the little things to grow your marriage.
- You have to keep pressing play on that Insanity, P90X, or any other workout video.
- You have to lace up and run those training runs.
There is a huge payoff (cumulative value) if you stay on track of any of the above. It’s not just one installment, it’s the multiple installments that add up.
There is no immediate benefit to any single installment of time.
The above is what kills America. A majority of Americans are sold on the quick payoff and want the quick fix. Continually working toward a goal is counter to what culture influences us. I’ve heard people over and over say that they cannot run a Half Marathon or a Marathon. It’s not the race that is most challenging, it’s the daily commitment to getting to the starting line of the race. Most can run the race if they were committed to the daily deposits of time.
There is no cumulative value to the random things we opt for over the important things.
This is one of my favorite things he said. The random time wasting things that we do don’t add up to anything of value. The time that we’ve wasted watching mindless TV could be spent with family, God, exercise or anything that you deem most important. Who cares about celebrity dancers, if we ignore our children dancing in front of us?
As well, we cannot just make up for the lack of daily investments. There is no way that we can compact all of the missed single daily activities into one big burst activity to make up for it. It takes a commitment and an understanding of what our goal is to stay on track. The payoff will be huge by making these continual investments of time into any of the valued areas of our lives.
I really hope that you take the time to listen to this message. It’s impacted my life on a daily basis. I know that it will do the same for you if you open your heart and mind to it.
Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Ephesians 5:15-17