A sales manager brought a new salesman to an out of town convention. When the new employee didn’t show up for his first meeting, the manager called his hotel room to see what was wrong. The newcomer explained he couldn’t get out of his room. “Why can’t you get out of your room?” The boss asked. He replied, “There’s only three doors in here. One is a closet, one is the bathroom and the third one says do not disturb.”

From time to time we all get trapped in situations we wish we could get out of. Sometimes though, the best we can do, is to redeem the time wherever we are. You can stay prepared to do that by keeping a notepad with you at all times. When you find yourself caught in a situation where you have to wait on someone or in a meeting that is mandatory but meaningless, the best thing to do might be writing. You can write your pastor or a missionary, write a grocery list, write your month’s goals or write an entry for your journal.

Writing produces something tangible to take home. It focuses our attention and crystalizes our thoughts. Writing helps us redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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