Someone compared life to riding a 10 speed bike. We have lots of gears available to us that we never use.
That’s a good metaphor for picturing why many people miss God’s best when it comes to properly using their time. On the one side you have those who only know first gear. When God asks them to do a special project at church or work overtime to meet a deadline, they just can’t imagine how they could accomplish such a thing. They cannot picture themselves operating in a higher gear for even a short while.
On the other end are those stuck in 10th gear. They’re used to cruising through life at top speed and slowing down for no one. When God asks them to spend the day helping their elderly parents, they resist and rationalize they should be doing something “more productive.”
Knowing when to change gears can help a cyclist win a race. For the Christian, learning to use all the gears helps redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.