Each moment of your own life story,
Use your time for God’s glory.
For God created times and seasons,
Never for futile but wise reasons.
Invest your time in the Scriptures and prayer,
And unto Christ case each worry and care.
For the world and its lusts are passing away,
But God’s will doers have eternal life to stay.
Be alert in these days of deception,
As faithfulness to God’s law has no exception.
Do good, think pure and worship God wholly,
Refrain from sin, unkindness and things unholy.
All praise to the Lord Jesus the Word of God who is all wise and humble and gracious to those who seek him in spirit and in truth. Glory to the Lord God the giver of all that is eternally good and eternally enduring. Thanks be to God for sending the Holy Spirit to lead us in all truth.
As the world which is away from the truth by the Lord God above you will notice its impurity in what it speaks. The movies keep getting more and more obscene and words in them likewise. What was unacceptable about 40 years ago in the movies is passed of contemporary language these days. More worse is, when they make the children use hideous profanity on-screen. And the worldly literature or what passes off as literature, has many books and articles which contain most shallow and foul-mouthed words. And depending on the reader groups the writer’s cater to, the vile words they use can be outright rude or willfully subtle. What a fallen world indeed!
O people of the Lord God, who call yourself by the name of the Lord do not fall into the world’s slime lest you become a part of it. Stay pure for the sake of the Lord. Practice wisdom in your thoughts, words and actions, so that all people who see you give glory to the Lord, and not find an occasion to slander Jesus Christ the Son of God, on account of your bad behaviour!
Today I write about speaking words that are pleasant. This is going to be simple but effective if you put it into practice. I break it down into three things; thoughts, words and timing.
Thoughts when speaking
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure. (Proverbs 15:26)
What use is it to speak kind words to another when you have deceit in your heart? Have clear and pure thoughts that are presentable to the Lord God when you speak to anyone. For the Lord knows the heart of man. Many vile murderers and fraudsters have all the wrong thoughts though they may use pleasant words when luring their victims to death and loss. Be not like them all. Hate, pride, malice, jealousy, greed, deceit and the like are not the type of thoughts you should expect to be acceptable to the Lord God. And just imagine a seller, trying to be most polite to a prospective buyer, when trying to convince him to buy his house, but inwardly thinks the buyer is too dumb to buy the house. And then either by slip of tongue or by a gossiping servant of the seller the prospective buyer know the true mind of the seller. Then wouldn’t that buyer call off the deal before the sale is made? The seller may suffer losses financially and reputationally but what’s more dangerous is at the end of his or her life he is answerable to God.
So even before you speak pleasant words to others don’t have foolish motives but genuine respect and wisdom when doing so.
The words spoken
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)
When you have the right intentions why not speak the right words as well? Have the words that are truly acceptable in the presence of the Lord God. I can suggest a few such combinations as the following but do take due diligence and time to find more such words; thank you, please can I, that’s very kind of you, have a great day/weekend, good effort etc. There are people who have the right thoughts but fumble at speaking the right kinds of words that are actually pleasant. A word of advice to such people, God knows your heart when you speak so don’t give up on your good thoughts but please by all means do surely try to improve on the pleasant words you speak. In all humility, even if you are an adult take time to go through books or articles which suggest more gracious words. Be gracious as Jesus Christ when speaking to the poor, widows and orphans etc, for Jesus, never mocked the afflicted but spoke words kind and fully consistent with his Divine calling from the Lord’ so that people received their healing in mind, body and spirit.
So even as you speak use words that are actually pleasant and consistent with the wisdom of the Word of God.
The timing of the pleasant words
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. (Proverbs 25:11-12)
Doesn’t it makes sense to have the right thoughts and words when its the right time to do so, rather than the wrong time? At funerals people cry out for their deceased loves ones in deep sorrow. Indeed what grief is there especially at the death of a parent or a young baby! It’s important to express your emotions at this stage. However coming to the point, I’ve seen people speak so well of their parents, when for most part of their life, they would neglect their parents or even speak rudely to them. Such is the tragedy of life, that these very people are filled with remorse now want to talk good but the person who they are talking about is longer with them. If only such people could make that time to wish their parent’s all things pleasant while they were still alive. It’s important to speak pleasantly to your loved one’s all the time for you don’t generally know the time of life and death. And when talking to people who are not relatives be it co-workers, government staff etc be sensible and alert enough to speak pleasant words at the right time. Because people can find a person who is pleasant for the sake of it at the wrong time, very repulsive! It’s very risky to thank your manager for helping you avoid the mandatory overtime (due to your illness), in the middle of a meeting with a delegation of clients who take pleasure in dumping loads of work over to all. You can instead thank him or her when such demanding clients are totally away from you both, if you get what I mean.
So always speak kindly to your relatives and loved one’s and speak in due time to the rest, so that you are truly wise steward of the time your Lord God has given you.
Use your time wisely for it won’t come back. Every one gets 24 hours fresh everyday. Jesus is eager to see you use that time constructively and efficiently. Honor God in how you use time.
Spend your time doing good to yourself and others. Read the word of God, meditate on it and apply it. Excercise and eat healthy food instead of being on a couch watching T.V eating French fries and fish.
Avoid talking bad and also avoid listening to silly and useless things. Don’t waste time online reading recycled gossip about celebrities, sportstars etc. Instead read about the lives of the prophets, apostles and matyrs. Look out for testimonies about people who turned away from wicked livestyles and now are happy in Jesus Christ.
When travelling by bus, train, aircraft etc pray for the safety and salvation of fellow passengers. You may also listen to soft worship music or religious teaching on your phone or MP3 player when you are travelling.
If you have sufficient free time try to learn a new skill or hobby like painting, calligraphy, fishing, boxing etc. It can be any skill as long as its helps you positively.
There are many books about effective time management as well that you can refer to. I read Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey to improve on my time management skills. Besides this I read the Bible and pray for God’s guidance to use time well. As always the Bible has verses on how to use your time well. (I will write a seperate post on this later) You need to give heed to the principles that God has put into effect for optimum use of time.
Someone said that time management is just self management. Time utilization methods of the world try to focus on working out the present things that can affect your future. You may follow it as long as it doesn’t contradict the Scriptures. We being of the Spirit of God must not just limit our focus on things of the earth, we must think of life eternal in the afterlife.
‘What we do in life echoes in eternity'(from the movie Gladiator, I think?) is quite a profound truth. People who are considered great achievers on earth in sports, business and politics sometimes end up wasting everything at their lives end. Because they fail to hold the Gospel in their hearts. Maybe they rejected it or maybe they didn’t hear the Gospel.
So after they die the Evil One takes them to hell forever even if they sinned just once. Also, those who lived on earth but didn’t trust in Jesus at their final hour are tormented forever and ever in hell. All the good they did is forgotten and amounts to nothing for them. No wonder all those who believe in Christ must pray for those who don’t trust in Jesus as their true Savior. We can’t ignore praying for the salvation of the unsaved millions of the world.
Only if you have Jesus then your afterlife is eternally secure. So in this life I firmly say that living your life genuinely and faithfully for Jesus Christ is the best way to spend your time. I pray that your time in the love and service of our Lord Jesus never ends. Amen.