There is an interesting passage of Scripture written by the Apostle Paul about time. He tells the Christians to “be very careful how you live — not as unwise, but as wise — making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV). The old King James Version of the Bible translated that last phrase “redeeming the time because the days are evil.”
Allow me to point out a couple of important concepts that we need to apply in our quest to simplify our approach to time.
The first interesting concept centers around the word “redeem.” Literally, it meant to pay a price to regain control of something that was originally yours. A slave would “redeem” his freedom. Land would be redeemed when it was returned to its original owner. God redeemed his people through the sacrifice of his Son. Paul is encouraging us to “buy back” time that was ours, but was swiped from us by days that are evil.
The second concept involved the use of the word “time.” You might be inclined to think that to describe these moments Paul penned the word denoting “chronology.” Make the most of every opportunity, moment by moment, because that is how we live time. But instead, he uses the word to describe the “quality time.” Every day we lose moments of chronology in wasted ways. Sometimes it is chasing the wind; sometimes it is searching for the squeakiest wheel. He knows that each days presents lots and lots of temptations to wander and waste time. Paul is saying redeem the moments that you lose — to mundane, unimportant, or even urgent things — and turn them into moments of quality.
Here is the simple truth of our day. Make sure as many moments as possible are spent passionately pursuing your purpose and your people.