It’s important to understand that we are not earthly people going through a temporary spiritual experience. Rather, we are eternal, spiritual people going through a temporary earthly experience. There is a real difference between those two perspectives.
If our primary focus is on the temporary earthly experience, our thoughts and use of time will be focused on earthly things as well. The cares of this life and the many things that trouble us will be magnified and their significance greatly exaggerated when we think of ourselves as primarily earthly but with a spiritual component.
On the other hand, when we think of ourselves as primarily spiritual, but having a temporary worldly experience, it puts things in perspective for us. We realize that trials and tribulations are also temporary.
Also, when our focus is on the fact that we are eternal beings having a temporary earthly experience, it helps us schedule our day so that spiritual disciplines take priority. It gives the frame of reference needed 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.