Try this experiment for me. Ask anybody you know, anyone at all what they would want more of. I’m sure you’ll hear the usual answer of money or something else of that nature. But by in large, most people would wish for more time. I know personally I would. Like most people my age, life is busy. My time is spent working, tending to errands, spending time with family, and worshipping and serving at my church. Of course , there’s some time left over for personal hobbies or pursuits, but most of my day is already accounted for.
Since our time is such a valuable commodity and most of us wish we had more of it, it makes sense that we would make the most of our time. With that said, the people who we choose to spend our time with becomes important as well. I’ve titled this post “Allies and Enemies,” and while most people we interact with on a day-to-day basis do not easily fit into one of those two categories, I hope you’ll see that the time we spend with others can either be a negative or positive experience.
The Bible spends some time admonishing us to encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:23-25, Ephesians 4:29) to serve one another (Ephesians 5:21, Galatians 6:2, Ephesians 5:25) and to choose our influences wisely (Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 10:17). It makes sense that with a limited amount of time, we would be wise to spend it with those who are allies, people who look out for us and provide a positive influence and example. “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). The impact a godly person can have on another is tremendous, so we should choose to spend our very valuable time with those who help us in that respect. Those people can greatly affect where our minds dwell as well (Philippians 4:8).
On the other hand, those people who don’t have our best interest at heart can do great damage to our life, even to our very souls! “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33). We are sorely mistaken if we don’t believe that the negative influence of others cannot affect us in drastic ways. I myself have been impacted by a few negative influences and in every case, it turned out badly. Time was wasted, feelings were hurt, and my spiritual walk with God was damaged in the process. Luckily, I was able to get away from negative circumstances that sought to ruin important areas of my life.
When was the last time you really examined how you use your time and who you spend it with? It would be a good idea to really determine whether the people in your life are allies or enemies. If they are all about helping you live a more holy life, then definitely make time for them. If they are toxic and breed jealousy or sap your energy and enthusiasm, then it might be wise to consider that they are hurting you in the long run. There’s only so much time in the day…use it wisely.