The value of time


One thing is for certain, no matter who we are or how rich we may become; successful or not, we all have one thing in common; that is time. It might be determined differently because of many factors or the consistencies of how you choose to use it. However, we are all blessed with a gift so precious that many who have passed this way would wish they had more time to do the things they planned! With this pledge, “if I had to do all over again, I would do things differently. I would make better use of it.” The moment of truth comes when we are left in limbo and time runs out without accomplishing our goals or dreams. How frustrating it is to think that we live our lives always procrastinating thinking that some day we will fulfill our dreams. It is said; “time waits for no man.” Don’t be caught in the trap of time inefficiency or insufficiency. Time is precious, neglecting it will always lead to regret.

I often hear people say, “I have time, I am young and the world is not getting away.” Those are trifle words of fruitlessness! If we fail to accomplish what we were created to do, we will spend the rest of our lives regretting those moments when we would have been happy living out our dreams and true potentials. It’s never too late to make a turn and start on the road to recover some of what you have lost. This might just be the day you make the switch; something you will never regret when you look back in years to come! 

The motors are rolling and the end seems far away, however, the motor moves forward because it never seems to have been programmed to take a backward motion. Many have been ambushed by letting their guards down waiting for an opportune time to make the right move, in so doing have lost their drive and enthusiasm through procrastination. Once the engine has started, there is no chance for it to stop going. Once we have stepped foot in this life, the clock of time starts; we are one day older. Our life is set in motion, there is no turning back. Set the right precedence for the road you face ahead. The machine of time will never stop running; no matter how frustrated you are about what’s happening around you even when your enthusiasm runs out the wheels of time keeps running even without your fuel to energize it.

Time is a currency; how you spend it determines your future returns! Your value is determined by where you spend your time. Time is the only capital that human has and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. When we learn to value time we lean to value lives and those around us. “Time is of more value than money, you can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” Once time is gone, we can’t get it back so today I want to challenge you to become wise. Do not compromise your relationships and your health in the chase of unnecessary material possessions. Redeem the time you have lost in your moment of neglect and make time work for you. Accomplish your dreams, restore your rightful place and reflect with joy the moments spent reclaiming it.

Every day people are working long hours to build a life of material possessions while forgetting the time we have on earth is as it suggests only for a short period. Time is a gift from God and we must learn to value the time we have been given. The one who made time understand the concept. Even though he is not trapped in time, he knew that human would need time because of the process of life and the moments given to accomplish our assignments. 

“There is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

“What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.”

Hear the words of the wise. Begin to value time, no matter who or where you are, time is the currency we carry. Don’t let it run out on you!

The Power of influence

The art of persuasion is the power to influence. To persuade is get someone to the place of being convinced of what you are doing is what will lead them in the direction of comparable favor. On the other hand it could also be the art of disfavor. However I would like to shed more light on the positive than the negatives.

What is the power of influence? It is the application of power to carry out specific purpose. Let’s take our conversation to the positive side of the fence so that I can influence you in a positive direction. For as long as I can remember there has been a technique used in this art that helps to accomplish this goal. Some are gifted and are able without much effort to accomplish their task thereby exerting their influence to challenge their course and win arguments, debates and special favors.

In my observation of this topic, I have come to the realization that this is inexhaustible; unlimited imagination of the vast wealth of information that could be rendered. However I would be wise and use the kiss acronym. If you are a reader of the word no doubt you would have come across the conversation between Paul and the King Agrippa in which he responded to Paul: you almost persuade me to be a Christian! He was influence to become a Christian only that he refused and put if off for some other convenient time. However Paul was able to use the power of persuasion to influence him to make a decision.

May I ask this question? What is the power of your influence? Are you able to convince anyone to the point of making an impact that will change their behavior? Isn’t that what we do every day when we try to change someone’s mind? Decisions are made every day solely on the fact of being influence by friends, family, the church or other close relations. We may try to use logic but it will only work if you are able to get the other person to think like you or at least subscribe to your way of thinking. How does one do that? It might be a mystery but it can create arguments that leave an abstract build up of negative feeling that defeat the purpose of influence in the right direction.

Thinking of the changes that are taking place in our society I would ask; how are we being influence in making decisions that affects our daily lives? Looking at this statement we see the power of persuasion at work influencing us to vote, make life changing decisions or giving our loyalty to one group or the other. We are convinced by words that we belong to the right group, class or societal class. However being able to reach out in a more sociable way will cause us to be more influential than trying to do so through logic.

In accomplishing our gold to influence others we use socialization: appealing to relationships, playing on the intelligence of others to set the stage for the launching pad of our dreams. Too many times I have heard the saying, “if you want to create an impact and accomplish you goals you have to socialize.” This might be so and I agree. The best way to influence is to appeal to relationship. In other words people feel more comfortable relating to other they know and can trust. Friend influence friends; we create bonds with each other and form groups with ties that is hard to be broken when united. The way to use the power of influence is to build relationships through trust and the use of technical persuasion.

Do you know that influence is built through socializing? In business contracts are written and signed into agreement because the techniques used in socializing and appealing to relationship. When we go to a meeting, we often hear the term “meet and greet” those time are used to create friendship which will lead to familiarizing with others in like-minded areas of interest. A relationship is started through introduction and bonding is made that will cause favor to follow.

Within the Christian circle influence are formed through appealing to values and modeling. What do I mean by this? Appealing to values; now we are talking about morals, having the same like-mindedness. As stated earlier we can influence more easily when we share the same interest. We tend to see each other point of view. That is why denomination and religions are formed. Through the power of influence we are able to persuade others to the direction we want them to go. If we set the right tone, modeling the right behavior; your life will be the catalyst for change in the eyes of the beholder. More than anything, what you model is what will create an impact that can create change.

As I write about the power of influence it would be remiss of me not to mention some negatives to this power if used in the wrong. There is no doubt that we see the result of this failure. Take for instance gangs in our neighborhood. Why are so many youths pledging their loyalty to such groups? Somewhere and somehow they are being hauled into these groups by those who would take the time to influence them in that direction. We see the impact of drugs where everyone wants to bling. These behaviors persuade some to go after things that will harm their future, disrupt families and cause negative impact on society. Is this the right channel for their behavior; no, but it is the place where they feel accepted because of the relationship and bonds that are being forge. There it is demonstrated negative influences that causes harm which leads to a life of misery.

No doubt we are aware of the manipulations, intimidation and treats that are forced on those groups yet they chose to be a part of that because as they would say it is part of the family. I would like to make a statement that it is time to awake the sleeping giant which is the church. Break down the walls of religion and exert your influence in our society to harness a change which will bring a revival to this nation and the world. Use the power of influence to create a domino effect which could be remembered just like the great reformation!