Thursday, June 28, 2012

Emptied Time Is Quickly Filled

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Today, it has been two weeks. Two weeks since I said farewell to wasting my time endlessly scrolling down my Facebook Newsfeed.

I have only been on to check notices and messages. The only status updates I've read (for two weeks!) have been those that pop up on the screen when I sign in.

My number one observation has been that the time I used to spend wasting on Facebook has quickly been filled with other time wasters.

Like listening to novels I've already read, for sheer entertainment. I listen to them while I'm working on other stuff- so that the house isn't too quiet, my mind is kept occupied, and at the same time I won't miss anything if the baby or whatever job I'm working on gets too loud.

It's not a bad way to pass the time ironing or doing dishes, but when it crowds over into the time that I should be investing in good, not-yet explored books I mean to be reading, it has become a problem.

With self-control, I need to guard the time I've allotted for educating myself and nourishing my mind.

It's not enough to say "no" to one thing. We must say "yes" to what we are replacing it with. Or lots of other "yeses" will quickly step in.

Time will fill. I must be intentional with how I am filling it. 

I'm reminded of the Biblical Principal of "putting off" and "putting on." When Scripture instructs us to put off one sin, we are told to replace it and "put on" something good. For example, "put off" stealing, and "put on" honest hard work so that you can give to others (Ephesians 4:28).

It's not enough to declare what I won't be doing. I need to declare the positive action- what I will be doing!

So not only will I not be reading Facebook Newsfeeds, I will be reading good books!

Do you seek to spend your time intentionally? What are your priorities in spending it well? What things do you need to cut out, and what will you replace them with?

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