You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14 NIV

How do you value your most important investment? Not your financial portfolio or your properties – your time.

I heated a cup of water to make some green ginger tea and tried to sneak in a few kitchen chores. As the seconds ticked past on the microwave, I quickly placed dirty dishes in the dishwasher, wiped down the counters, and straightened a few knickknacks. A “ding” announced my water was ready. Feeling smug I had beaten time, I reached for the microwave door.

Then it hit me – what would I do with my final minutes of life? What final act or words would I try to sneak in if I could watch the minutes and seconds of my life count down? Tidying the house doesn’t seem like a wise use of that time. Nor does squeezing in another hour of overtime at work. Rushing through quick calls with my children, friends, and family seems to lack meaningful significance.

Time is the only commodity we have that constantly declines in value. All other commodities may fluctuate in value – higher some days, lower on others. But our available time decreases with each passing moment. No matter how we invest it, we cannot create more. It is still tick-tocking into eternity at a steady and persistent pace. We treasure other commodities and use them to our advantage – should we not view time the same?

Instead of waiting until time is almost gone, it seems more sensible to genuinely cherish each moment we have with each person who shares that moment with us. To pull every last bit of purpose out of that moment so we have no regrets as our time dwindles down.

Though we are assured our time is decreasing, none of us know when it will run out. Instead of just “putting in time” going about the motions of your monotonous daily routine, make the conscious decision to embrace life fully and live every moment as if it were your last. Before you know it, eternity’s “ding” will sound and announce the end of our time. Let’s use it wisely and on purpose.

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Nate Stevens is a missionary kid who grew up in a Christian home and church, and has enjoyed a thirty-year banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He is the author of Matched 4 Marriage – Meant 4 Life and a contributing author to Divine Moments. He writes online devotionals for http://www.christiandevotions.us/www.singlematters.com, and articles for several other publications. Information about his books, devotionals, and articles is available at www.natestevens.net. He is available for speaking engagements at conferences, seminars, and Bible study groups for singles, young adults, young marrieds, and youth. Nate currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina and is an active dad with his two awesome kids, Melissa and Mitchell.

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