Your Most Precious Commodity


In the 2015 movie “Concussion” highlighting the effects of football-related brain trauma, actor Albert Brooks is speaking to neuropathologist Bennet Omalu (played by Wil Smith) about the impact of his study on professional football:  “The NFL owns a day of the week.  The same day the church used to own.  Now it’s theirs.”

When multiple athletes began kneeling during the National Anthem in an act of protest and as a call for social justice, I decided for me, that was enough.  I believe there is social injustice of many types in our nation and they need to be addressed.  But my simple response to this type of protest has been simply to turn it off (#TurnItOff).  I enjoy football, but not to this extent.

But here is what I’d like you to understand.  I’m not writing this morning so you can renew your anger at those kneeling during the National Anthem or rise in agreement with their social protest.  Really I am not.  I am writing so you will consider the value of your most precious commodity given you by God – your time.  That is what I find myself doing.

It was strange turning off the NFL, but less painful than expected.  In fact, I am pretty sure I haven’t lost anything and in return have gained much.  And time is at the top of that list.

There always exists (at least in theory) the opportunity to make more money, but not more time.  Each day consists of 24 hours; no more, no less.  The only question is, “How I will use the time I’ve been given?”  As the psalmist wrote, “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom (Psalm 90:12).”  And this applies to numerous areas, not simply professional football.

I still enjoy watching sports whether it’s my daughter’s soccer game or tennis match, the World Series or college football.  And I confess I’m not sure I have yet to strike the correct balance.  I think people who accomplish the most in this life are unfamiliar with the finalists of The Voice or who is winning a fantasy football league.  They have devoted their time to other people or stronger causes.  And I am challenging others, including myself, to do the same.

I want to be a good manager of everything God has placed in my care including my family, my resources and yes my time.  I want to apply my heart more wisely.  I want to be a “good and faithful servant and share in my Master’s happiness.”  I want to please Him with the use of time.
You can’t stop time.  You can’t save time.  You can only use time.  Harry Ironside wrote, “Time is given us to use in view of eternity”
The NFL may indeed own a day of the week.  But today is the day the Lord has made.  It’s His without question.  If there are other owners, it is most likely you have given it to them by choice.

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