Joe was offended. “How could I have a problem with hygiene?” he said. “I take a bath every two months whether I need one or not.”

Obviously Joe had a different sense of priority than most of us when it came to personal hygiene. Priorities are at the core of how we spend our time each day. If something is a priority it gets done. If it isn’t a priority it doesn’t. It’s just that simple.

To some people, even some Christians, time for personal cleanliness seems like an optional inconvenience. Will anyone really notice if you don’t brush your teeth? Eventually, yes. How effective will you be speaking to someone about the Lord or going for a job interview when they are distracted by grimy teeth and offended by bad breath?

Personal cleanliness doesn’t cost anything except a few moments of your time each day. But those few moments aren’t really an expense. They are an investment with great returns because cutting corners in some things won’t 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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