Dr. Thomas Stanley, with the University of Georgia, did a study of self-made millionaires to see what qualities they had in common. The one thing he noticed was that they all worked long and hard. One millionaire in his study was asked why he worked 12-14 hours a day. He observed, “In our society you work 8 hours a day for survival, and if you only work 8 hours all you do is survive…everything over 8 hours is an investment in your future.”
His response can be insightful for us as Christians. Lots of people today want to do the minimum and receive the maximum. While working a 14 hour day would likely not be God’s will for many of us with families, the principle of investing time, above and beyond the minimum required, is a very good principle to observe.
Finding what God wants you to do, and devoting whatever time is needed to complete that mission, is redeeming 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.