Spending Time

Published December 28, 2016 by Becca Yoder in Uncategorized

Spending Time

The average person will spend . . .

  • 20 years sleeping
  • 20 years working
  • 6 years eating
  • 7 years playing
  • 5 years dressing
  • 1 year on the phone (this must have been estimated before cell phones)
  • 2 ½ years in bed
  • 2 ½ years smoking (if you’re a smoker)
  • 2 ½ years doing miscellaneous thngs
  • 3 years waiting for somebody
  • 1 ½ years in church
  • 5 months tying shoes


There are: 365 days in a year, 52 weeks, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes (if my calculator is accurate).  My grandfather: “I can make more money, but I can’t make more time.”  Everyone gets the same amount of hours and minutes in every new day.  An anonymous quote: “Today is the only cash you have–spend it wisely.” 


So, at the front edge of 2017, we have all this unspent time on our hands.  What will we do with it?  The writer of Ecclesiastes penned this biblical text on time: “there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.”



Time is a gift, and to everything there is a time.  The inevitable passing of hours is beyond human control.  You will read this on January 1 (while Idella and I are spending some time in Florida).    “In the beginning God created” time, along with a lot of other things.  What an amazing gift: time.  What will you and I, we, all of us, do with the time given to us in 2017, which begins today?  I urge us to spend time thinking and praying about that. 

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