Tuesday afternoon I went to visit a good friend that I hadn’t seen in a few years. We spent several hours talking about what we are currently doing, what we had been doing recently, and reminiscing about shared history. My friend’s son also joined us, and the 3 of us had a very enjoyable (and sunny) spring evening shooting the breeze on the front porch. It was a great time!
That experience again reminded me how valuable time is and how similar it is to money. Both can be wasted on things of little to no value or they can be invested in something that yields a great return. The big difference between time and money is that we can always get more money. Time squandered cannot be made up or recaptured at a later date.
This thought is sobering, and causes me to be intentional about making sure I’m investing significant portions of my time in things that yield a good return in my life and the lives of others. So what does investing our time look like? It can take the form of:
- Consuming good books, spiritual text (the Bible for me), blog posts, podcasts, or any other content that improves your thinking, expands and enhances worldview, or develops your character.
- Connecting with people who build you up, encourage you, and cause you to strive to live a better life.
- Learning a new skill.
- Being active on a daily basis in order to ensure a healthy body that will function properly for many years to come.
- Connecting with people who could use your encouragement, support, skills, and experiences.
- Supporting causes and people you believe in.
The options for investing our time are numerous!
Just like with money, we are not required to invest our time in things that will yield a lasting return. Our time is ours to do with as we please.
I think it’s important to make sure that we are indeed making significant investments of our time over the course of our lives. How sad it would be to look back at the end and see a life defined by the mishandling of our time.