A flashlight has been defined as a holding case for dead batteries. All too often that’s true.
Preventive maintenance is one of your best investments of time. Changing the oil in your car, checking the batteries in your smoke detector, or quickly repairing a leak in the roof, are all examples of investing a little time now, to avoid spending a lot of time later doing expensive repairs.
But preventive maintenance also works in the spiritual realm. Prayer and Scripture meditation are examples of activities that don’t normally consume great chunks of our day, but they are just as vital as oil to your car’s engine or batteries to your flashlight. You may not notice it much if you miss just once. But when you develop a pattern of neglecting God’s Word, you are setting yourself up for a crisis with a long recovery period.
Remember, taking time for preventive maintenance, in spiritual as well as material matters, is a smart way 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.