Each of my radio programs is about 170 words. Because I have only 59 seconds, I have to make every one of those 170 words count. I actually enjoy writing the programs because, as a time management instructor, I like the challenge of communicating the most important ideas using the fewest number of words.
Jesus did the same thing in Mark 8:36. In that verse, he asked a question that can be used as the basis for planning every hour of every day for the rest of your life. That short, simple, but infinitely important question was, “What shall if profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
Think about that question. It has a way of probing us to examine what we are focusing on and giving our time to. In that one consice question, Jesus forces us to think beyond our short term goals of pleasure and wealth accumulation. He gives us a one sentence tool for identifying what will ultimately 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.