Stop Wasting Time

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree that was planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none. He told the vineyard worker, ‘Listen, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it even waste the soil?’ “But he replied to him, ‘Sir, leave it this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. Perhaps it will produce fruit next year, but if not, you can cut it down.’” Luke 11:6-9


For 38 terrifying minutes, Saturday morning, January 14, 2018, many Hawaii residents spent hunkered in bathtubs and basements waiting for a ballistic missile strike that never came. The panic ensued after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent out an alert that warned residents of an imminent ballistic missile strike and urged them to "seek immediate shelter." "This is not a drill," the ominous, all-caps push alert blared on people's phones.


Lori Citro, whose daughter was in Hawaii said: "I had a total meltdown at the restaurant sobbing crying and barely able to read the rest of the messages," Citro said in a Facebook post. "The good-byes, 'I love yous'.” "My daughter was going to die, today, alone," Citro remembers thinking. "I wanted to run from the restaurant and fly to Hawaii to be with her."


A text message from one unnamed person to another on September 11, 2001, after an apparent break-up and getting back together read: “Honey, wanted to tell you how much I love you. I was a little worried. I don't want to lose you now that I got you back. You mean everything to me. You have my whole heart and life. I love you so much."


What would you do if you knew you had only today left to live? What if you knew that you had only today to make up for wrongs done and opportunities missed? How important might today be?


God’s gift to us is time and our stewardship of that time is our gift to Him in return.


How much of your time is spent on the worthwhile?


The amount of time people spend on social media is constantly increasing. According to www.socialmediatoday.com, teens now spend up to nine hours a day on social platforms. Astonishingly, the average person will spend nearly two hours (approximately 116 minutes) on social media every day, which translates to a total of 5 years and 4 months spent over a lifetime. That is five years of our lives that yield no return.


How can you use today to be more productive and beneficial? Something to think about, huh?

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