The way you spend your time has everything to do with the person you are becoming. I’ve been reading the book of Proverbs lately and a recent passage really jumped out at me: Proverbs 24:30-34. In the NIV translation it reads…

30 I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.

The writer says he learned a lesson. I picked up 3 key points that I’ll share here. Keep these in mind when it comes to managing your time…on purpose.

Key Point #1

Verse 32 shows that we can learn a lot from what we see all around us if we take the time to really look. I learned just how much I can miss when my husband recently commented on a nearby gas station being closed.

“Really? I didn’t know that”, I said.

“You gotta be more observant”, he said.

After a bit more back and forth about why I didn’t know the place had closed, we moved on to another topic. The next day, I saw the gas station we were talking about and not only was it closed, but there was one of those temporary fences around site of what is now just a few piles of concrete! How in the world did I miss that? Guess I gotta be more observant!

Key Point #2

The field of the sluggard told on him. The same way young children often tattle on each other. The message was clear: I’m not being taken care of! The passage describes the land as being covered with thorns and weeds. The land was a resource, an asset and valuable. Even so, the appearance of the land clearly showed that no effort had been made to maintain or cultivate it. The condition of his field was a clear statement about what the owner really cared about.

Key Point #3

This is what the writer himself learned: Laziness will lead you right into the poorhouse! More than likely, the land would have produced a harvest that would have been enough to satisfy the owner, his household and many others. But now everyone had to go without because the land was left unattended. Interestingly enough, even though the land was not cared for it still wasn’t bare or barren. Something did actually grow there. It just wasn’t anything of use to anyone. By default, weeds and thorns sprung up and took over the place where an abundant harvest should have been. This was all because someone valued “right now” comfort and got nothing in the end.

I think we all agree that it’s better to put in the “right now” effort so we can enjoy the season of harvesting what we truly want. Not only will we get to benefit from our labor but so will others.

What About You?

As this week comes to a close, take a look at where and how you’ve spent your time. Hopefully you spent it on what really matters to you and what will move you closer towards the life you want and the person you want to become.

If not, take note of where you got off course and regain control of your time. If you don’t, somebody else will. Don’t let YOUR ground be covered with weeds and thorns.

If you don’t like the story that time is telling about you, click here to schedule a FREE Discovery Session with me today.

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