Everything: The Difference Between Wasting & Investing Time


Whatever you dodo it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

I imagine if an efficiency expert spent a week with me their report would recount many "wasted" hours in my week.

Mornings spent on my bed snuggling a blond-topped bundle of love and watching a show I find surprisingly entertaining.

Afternoons spent ambling through a store with a teenager who looks good in everything she tries on, I request a private fashion show.

Evenings spent holding a hand stronger than mine, peering into eyes pooled with wisdom but yet discussing nothing in particular.

But is this time spent or time invested?

I once would have agreed this was wasted time but I recently read a book that helped shape my perspective on time management. Everything by Mary DeMuth challenged me to surrender my life - heart, head and hands to Jesus. Just as time spent with Him is never wasted, a life centered on Him won't be either.


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As I've learned to center my heart on Jesus one conversation, one smile, one ordinary moment at a time, He slowly becomes my everything. Making Him everything means evaluating my time and priorities differently. It means letting Him be master of my minutes - even if spending them as He directs looks like squandered time.

What would making Jesus everything look like for you? Are you willing to "waste" your life for Him?
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Find out more about Everything here - MaryDeMuth.com/Everything. You can purchase it at your favorite retailer in person or online.

21 comments:

  1. Absolutely! Thanks Shannon - love that perspective.

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  2. Love this: "Just as time spent with Him is never wasted, a life centered on Him won't be either."

    Thanks for your sweet take on the book and its application to your heart.

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    1. :) So glad you enjoyed this tribute to your fantastic book!

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  3. I love your perspective, Shannon..."Making Him everything means evaluating my time and priorities differently. It means letting Him be master of my minutes - even if spending them as He directs looks like squandered time."

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  4. what a great way to look at it, to invest your time you must put in the effort, unfortunately life get's the best of us and we wake up in the morning and just "let life happen." I for one could put forth more effort in investing my time.

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  5. I agree with making Him my everything. It would mean that I would better invest my time on doing what He leads me to do. Thanks for this great post.

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  6. Great post. He definitely reshapes our priorities.

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    1. Isn't it amazing how God changes every part of our lives?

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  7. Sometimes I feel like the way my life is ordered, spent, and prioritized looks so foolish. I needed a good reminder that I'm investing for the eternal and that rarely makes sense to other eyes in the here and now!

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  8. The way you described spending your mornings, afternoons and evenings is most certainly NOT a waste of time. And if it is, may I "waste" more time in that way ... perhaps not with the "stronger hand" as there isn't one of those in my home, but certainly by snuggling with my dark-haired bundle of love. :) And most certainly, I hope I learn more and more how to center my heart on Jesus.

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  9. I like this attitude about time...as I find myself killing time...I guess we all have a certain amount to spend

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  10. You always have the most unique perspective Shannon!

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    1. Thanks, Court. :) Love your encouragement!

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  11. When you center your life on Jesus you learn to "be still". Something that is scarce in our world. When we are still those magic moments with our children and spouse happen. those moments of divine inspiration and correction happen. The opposite of wasting your time. Thanks for your post. I love your blog.

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