Derek Smith 

Lead Pastor 

Ephesians 5:15-17 

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Time is the currency of life, therefore, if we waste time we waste our life. Benjamin Franklin once stated, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.” Someone else once said, “More time is wasted not in hours but in minutes. A bucket with a small hole in the bottom gets just as empty as a bucket that is deliberately kicked over.” The Lord wants us to make the most of the time we are given for His glory, but often we allow time to trickle away through small holes of distraction and disruption. Instead of letting time trickle away, we should fill the bucket intentionally with those things that matter most. Consider 5 buckets of time that we should fill on a consistent basis:

1. HOLY – it is imperative we spend time with Jesus in prayer and reading His Word daily

2. HEALTHY – consistent exercise leads to better physical, mental, and emotional health

3. HOME – our spouses and children need our love daily and we need theirs 

4. HONEST – take one hour every day to reflect and take an honest evaluation of things

5. HELP – daily serving and sharing Christ gives us a greater sense of purpose and joy

This is the stuff life is made of. Life is all about our relationship with God, ourselves, and others. As Jesus taught us we must love God and then love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Quick question: How much time do you waste on trivial things? There are a lot of people and things vying for our attention these days. Turn off the TV. Turn off the phone. Fill the buckets that matter. You’ll be blessed if you do!