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You have 24 hours, 1440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds in a day – what do you do with your time? Do you find yourself spending time on the wrong priorities and activities? Time is precious – once it’s gone, it’s gone. We can never get it back but we can invest our time for the future.   By all means we do need to have fun, relax and develop relationships but if our activities are producing little or no fruit in our life we might need to readjust our priorities. Living a life of no regrets is making a consistent choice in time to achieve life’s purpose. Your time defines who you are as a person and it ultimately defines your productivity.

We battle against time wasters every day. Time wasters zap every bit of time away from our purpose of living. My biggest time waster is watching morning and nightly news. The content is similar whether from 7:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. except with a few breaking news stores. If I add up the hours of watching both morning and nightly news, I have wasted 14 hours in a week. Could I do something else with that time?  I was recently talking with a lady who had spent 6 hours a day (42 hours per week) on the internet surfing, chatting on the phone or just hanging out with friends.  She felt her life was not accomplishing anything significant. She adjusted her time to eliminate a couple of hours per day to pursue meaningful activity; she states that she has been more productive in the last month but feels further adjustments can be made. What are your time wasters? Is it spending excessive time with the television, social media, family and friends, etc.? If you are seeking more in life, do a time inventory on non-productive activities (that does not produce or yield small results). Review them and see where you can substitute meaningful opportunities that yield results now and in the future. Use your gifts to its maximum ability.

One day we all will individually stand before our Creator to give account of our life. Does our time reflect what we are going to say?  We are on earth to accomplish a mission. Our time, talents, and resources are meaningful to Him. Our actions can and will change the course of life for someone. Life is nothing more than a ministry.  It’s part of a larger plan to fulfill His purpose and to meet the needs of others.   It’s time to adjust our time to start living a life of no regrets.

Make it a great day

Cedric Dukes


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