Wasting time begins the same way any other sin does- with temptation. If we can deal with temptation before it becomes sin, we become much better at redeeming the time.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13, God says every temptation you and I experience, including the temptation to engage in a time wasting activity, is common to man. That means it is nothing unique to you. Everyone experiences it. But it goes on to say that God is faithful and that with the temptation He also provides a way of escape so you will be able to withstand that temptation.
Falling into sin, including the sin of time wasting, doesn’t have to be the norm in your life. God says we have a choice. We can choose to follow our natural desires and spend hours in frivolous or sensual amusements or we can choose the way of escape.
As you anticipate the remainder of your day, keep this verse, 1 Corinthians 10:13, in mind. You’re going to need it to 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.