Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca said that “People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.” Unlike other resources, time cannot be replaced. If I waste a dollar of my income, another dollar can be earned to replace it. If I waste a minute, it’s gone forever.
Psalm 101, penned by David, contemplates what is worthy of our time. Verses 1-4 say:
“I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O LORD, I will make music.
I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.”
In our modern, media- and current event-focused culture, the statement “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless” may be the most challenging. Reading this verse recently, I had to ask myself whether the reason I look at worthless things is that I don’t think they are worthless? If to “confess” means to say the same thing about something that God does, I have a lot to learn about what is valuable and worthy of attention.
Today, let us learn to love what God loves and hate what He hates. Let us confess what really matters, and “sing of steadfast love and justice.” Let us also “ponder the way that is blameless” that we may “know nothing of evil.”
There’s no time to waste.