Time For God—The Consumer

With everything on our plates these days how do we even have time for God? As the information revolution takes over, time has become our most valued commodity. It is scarcer than money.

Compared to 40 years ago when not everything revolved around the office, the social clubs, and the coffee shop, now even our meals, stop lights and bed times are consumed with cells phones, TV screens and other forms of entertainment.

The median husband-wife unit are now working a combined 90 hours a week on the job all to feed our growing desire to have more.

More money.

More things.

More freedom.

But does that sound like freedom?

Somehow the thought of slaving away, working our whole lives in pursuit of this “American Dream” doesn’t sound like freedom at all. We’ve become married to this idea that since it’s available we MUST have it. We have become consumers hell-bent on swallowing up every piece of selfish real estate we can get our hands on.

As GM founder Charles Kettering one said, “The key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction.”

Thus, we created the consumer.

This consumer mentality shouldn’t define how we live our lives. There is truly only one thing that we need and that is the blood of Christ. We need it daily. We need it more daily to combat the rising, suffocating consumer culture where we call our “home.”

Our value should not be found in what we place on our walls, in our wallets or park in our garage but how we spend our time.

In his book “The Air I Breathe”, Louie Giglio defines worship as “our response to what we value most. As a result, worship determines our actions, becoming the driving force for all we do. But everybody has an altar. And every altar has a throne.”

Whatever is worth the most to us is how we will spend our time.

How do you spend your time?

What is on the throne of your life?

If we are to be consumers let us be consumers of the word of God, daily putting him on the throne of our lives and giving Him value with our worship.


What has 8,760 of something?

The new year means a lot to some people. An obstacle to some, a fresh start for others but an even playing field for all in one particular area: time.

Everybody is allotted the same number of minutes in each hour, hours in each day, days in each week, month and so on.

What does this mean?

It means that we are without excuse.

Look back over 2013. Do you like what you see? Maybe all you experienced this past year was pain, remorse, bitterness and discontentment. I think we’d all agree that each of us has some little part that we’d like to do over again. Perhaps that sums up your past year in a nut shell.

So why not propose to make 2014 your year? Are you tired of what your doing? Bored of work? Finally you’re ready to put down the remote, pick up a book, or a chainsaw, clean out the closet, maybe get out of town a little bit. The outside air can be quite liberating

The day is short. Don’t believe that you have all the time in the world. But it keeps moving on and on. It’s unclear why. Some things we will never know.

Some cool, unknown band somewhere penned that saying. It’s true

So to answer the question: what has 8,760 of something? 2014. That’s how many hours are in a year.

The clock is ticking.

Time to get moving.

Make 2014 a year of progress.