Did you know rat poison is not all poison? To be effective, it has to have enough good tasting substance in it to attract the rat and make him want to eat it. That’s a picture of how most activities that are traps from Satan to waste our time will have a good and respectable element to them. It makes it easier to rationalize something if we can point to some small benefit we gain from it. There are many activities which are profitable in moderation, like reading the newspaper, surfing the internet or playing sports. But they become poisonous time wasters when they get out of control and the good they produce is outweighed by the time they consume.
If we are to be found good stewards of our time, we’ve got to zealously guard against allowing our schedule to be overrun with these “good” things.
So make a commitment now that you won’t take the enemy’s bait. Rejecting the good so we can experience God’s best is smart strategy for 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.