Someone has noted that the difference between the rich and the poor is that while the rich invest their money and spend what’s left, the poor spend their money and invest what’s left.
I believe that’s a true observation about money, but it’s also true about time. Two young people may graduate from high school and face career choices. One chooses the immediate gratification route of instant income and earns quick wages but has not further career goal in mind. Another determines to invest his time learning a trade, which may take a while, but is a much better choice in the long run as it opens more doors and provides more options later in life.
Just as a wise person makes financial investments all through life that eventually have a long term payoff, so the Christian must learn that by investing time in the short term to seek God’s best, he opens doors of greater usefulness later on. That’s why investing time before spending time 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.