My grandmother died when I was quite young so I have very little memory of her. But one of them is a visit to her house when I was about four. I remember it because grandma cut my grilled cheese sandwich corner to corner, instead of down the middle like my mother had always done. The shock of seeing a diagonally cut sandwich was so great, I refused to eat grandma’s grilled cheese.
The problem that day was not the diagonal cut, but my inability to distinguish what mattered from what didn’t matter. While we might expect that trait from a four year old, that same inability keeps many adults from reaching God’s full potential in their lives.
As you consider the possibilities for spending your remaining hours today, there are probably one or two high payoff activities you should focus on. But the devil’s program is to distract you from them with things that just don’t matter. Being aware of that fact should help you 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.