Value Your Time
Some years ago, I led a seven-week sermon series titled “Destroying the Spirit of
Average.” It was taken from the book Breaking the Spirit of Average: 7 Keys to Turn
Your Average into Awesome by Joseph B. Anderson. Divided into chapters called turn
keys, the author provides instruction on seven principles that can lead to experiencing a
more satisfying, successful life, using the letters in the word “average.” During this
sermon series, it was the letter “V”’ that captured me personally, and I haven’t been able
to or wanted to break free from it since.
While studying “Value Your Time” it felt like a lightning bolt hit my spirit. Although I
moved onto other letters, it took weeks for the shivering to stop in my spirit. I mean I
would physically shiver whenever I looked at those pages. It was as if Bro. Anderson was
sitting behind a desk while I was lounging on a sofa deeply immersed in a challenging
This chapter forced me to see my worth. I was devaluing myself because I was expending
my treasures unwisely. Have you ever regretted doing a good thing even when you
thought it was a God thing? Well, I confess that I have been in that position more often
than I should and this chapter helped me to overcome the burden of continuing ‘doing
good’ at the sake of ‘doing God’. I discovered when I would waste time, talents and
treasure, I was misappropriating my purpose.
There was a time when I did not know how to say “no.” I have always worked hard. My
siblings and I got our strong work ethic from our mother and that ideology followed me
into adulthood. Whatever my occupation or vocation, I did it to the best of my ability. I
found great pleasure during annual reviews or evaluations. I soon learned that while I was
pleased with my awards, I was not happy with my results. I was often awarded, but the
rewards were not fulfilling. I was often exhausted, overexerted and if the project did not
advance the mission, I was thrown under the proverbial bus. However, if the project was
a success, I was often forced to share the applause with bystanders who, without any
effort and without any consultation with me, watched while I worked, and shared in the
achievement. This had happened far too many times and I had grown pretty resentful. It
was during this study that I realized that people were not my problem. I had become my
own stumbling block.
This chapter made me reflect on all of the “free” that I had given away because I put no
real value to my time, treasure or talent. People saw it. People knew it. People pimped it.
But I allowed it. I put no real value on myself or my offerings and therefore was often
exploited. Come on sisters, you too have been there (pouting my lips while tilting my
head). Although the end result of the study, “Valuing Your Time” resulted in my liberty,
initially it took me to a place of self-loathing. I had to get sick of me before healing
would begin. It became a simple process of measuring and weighing.
I would consider the value of everything before me. Did the person, place or thing add
value to my life, lead me to better, help me along my Christian journey, or assist me
advancing my Godly purpose? If the answer to any of those things was a no, I did not or
do not just quickly discard it. However, I am no longer guilty of placing a $1000
evaluation on a $5 valuation.
It is not God’s will, my sisters, for us to throw anything away that we can learn from.
Neither is it His will for us to harbor trash. We have to learn to quickly discern the value
of a thing, especially our time as it’s one of life’s commodities that will not be replaced. I
charge you to take some time and examine everything in your life and see where it should
be properly placed. Stop wasting your time on people who have too much time. Stop
wasting your time on places that will die out some time. Stop wasting your time on things
that will become irrelevant in time. Value your time and I will promise you, you will
experience a new peace in God like never before. My life has changed for the better
because of this study. I want you to enjoy the peaceful life only found in Christ. He
values your time as per II Peter 3:8, Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape your
notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand
years is like one day.