How Are We Spending Our Time?

How do you spend your time? Is it time well spent or does it simply slip away from you?

Two years ago, when my dad was dying, he looked over at me and said, “I’m sorry I didn’t spend more time with you and your momma.”

I tried to ease his mind and his regrets but the truth was that for most of my life, church was number one in his life. He spent over 40 years as a pastor in small churches in Georgia and North Carolina. His church and its members were always his priority. I could probably count on one hand the number of times he ever missed church. It was on his death bed that he realized how wrong he had been with how he spent his time.

Why is it that we don’t realize this until the end of our life? The older we get, the more we reflect on how we have spent our time. I realized myself that I have worked for the past 38 years. Where has that gotten me? What’s the point of it all? In the end I will not wish I had spent more time in the office.

The problem with time is that we never get it back once it has been spent.

I have worked hard over the past 38 years and have had some interesting experiences but what has that done for me? Sure, I have been successful and promoted during this time but the more money you make the more bills you have. It never seems to be enough. There’s not much you can do about that because you still have to pay the bills. We all do what we can to manage our work/life balance.

The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime.

The Bible says that time and chance happen to all men. How we choose to use it is what matters most. I don’t want to get to the end of my life with regrets about how I spent my time.

The pandemic has caused many people to focus on what’s important in life.

So how exactly do we spend our time?

  • 26 years sleeping
  • 11 years watching TV
  • 4.5 years eating
  • 13 years working
  • 3 years on social media
  • 235 days waiting in lines

Maybe we could change the way we spend our time. I have considered deactivating all of my social media accounts. Already deleted Twitter, Instagram is undeletable and Facebook is next. I lived before without them and spend too much time getting upset with what people post or their comments. Is it really important that I post anything on social media? Does it really matter to anyone? In the end, it doesn’t matter how many friends you have on your friends list or what others think about you. Life is too short. The average lifespan is 79 years. That’s not much time to waste.

We need to change it up. We can all start by unplugging from our phones. We are all slaves to our phones. If you don’t agree, just put your phone away and watch people and you will see most are looking at their screens. It’s way too easy to pick up our phones when we are bored or don’t want to interact with people. I have actually been in a room full of people before when I realized that we were all on our phones instead of talking. How ridiculous is that?

Every moment is precious. It’s just sad that we don’t realize that until either someone we love passes away or we are at the end of our own lives. This isn’t gloom and doom about how short life is but a wake-up call that we should examine our lives and see what’s really important in the way we are spending our time.