When I was in college, I didn’t have the luxury of going to school full-time or living in the dorm, which may be why I’m fascinated with the Sorority Life game on Facebook, but that’s another story. I worked full-time and went to school as much as I could: part-time, full-time, split schedules. I would stay up all night and head to work the next day with only a few moments of sleep.  

I had a notion that I should go to medical school so I took organic chemistry, biology, microbiology, and physics. Trouble was I had taken no hard science courses in high school, and I was a bit of a novice when I began studying physics. 

I loved physics – finally algebra made sense. It was in this class that I started having a recurring dream. The dream went something like this: First dimension – the line; Second dimension – the plane; Third dimension –the cube; and the Fourth dimension – ???? I don’t know? What’s the fourth dimension???? I’d wake up in a panic.

Of course, time is the fourth dimension and as you can tell by my schedule, I didn’t have much of it in that season of my life. 

Kris Allen sings: “We’ve got 86,400 seconds in a day to turn it all around or throw it all away.”

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity (some versions say redeeming the time), because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, (Electronic Database, 1991, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc. ) said that “redeeming the time” means buying the opportunity. Good Christians, Henry said, should be good “husbands” of their time. “Take care to improve it to the best of purposes, by watching against temptations, by doing good while it is in the power of [your] hands, and by filling it up with proper employment.”

He further says, “Our time is a talent given us by God for some good end, and it is misspent and lost when it is not employed according to his design. If we have lost our time heretofore, we must endeavor to redeem it by doubling our diligence in doing our duty for the future.”

This New Year is only 30 days old. As the remaining 335 stretch out before me, here’s to improving my use of time, watching out for land mines and temptation, doing good while I can and filling my days with worship and service. ❤