Taking things one day at a time PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 November 2015 13:54


BY Berlie G. Yap

Time is one of the best gifts God almighty gave equally to every human being, and to how we use it, is also our gifts back to Him. Whether we stay passive and do nothing about it or use it actively, time will still continue to roll without interruptions. The only difference though is that the latter can give us life’s fruitions while the former may lead us to nowhere—into a life of mediocrity.

Solomon the “wise-man” said, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Prov. 14:23, NIV) Ours is the job to make the most to what little or more God gave us, because not every day opportunities are around. Hence, when opportunities are within our reach, we must pound our best and invest for our future. Wise people use their time well, they don’t waste it.

A good farmer knows the season of time. They know how to discern the accurate time when to plant and to soak their seeds, with patience. Last week, I was in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur for some business reason. I had the chance to talk to a bunch of farmers. When we shared together about the soil and farming, every line they spoke was full of wisdom. I was amazed to learn how they exactly know the best of times in the cycle of the year, when to plant and when to harvest.

Understand that in this side of eternity, all truths are parallel. Would we want to progress in life, we ought to emulate the characteristics of good and patient farmers. We must know how to invest our time wisely for our future. Life is not just all about the pleasures of the present. The future will always bring the results of all our precious endeavors today. Such is a natural law which works to anyone’s life regardless to his skin-color, background or gender.

Education, discipline, sacrifice and etc. are few of the good investments we can make to prepare for our tomorrow. I know of a patriarch, who lived before the World War II, who would use to paddle a wooden banca upstream in the Sibugay River, many years ago. He was the eldest of 8 siblings. He must have to work harder for their family, because they became orphans in an early age. Being the eldest, he had the responsibility to help their old mother to provide the family.

Tediously, every day he would bring all sorts of small merchandises to Subanen populations up in the river shores of Sibugay. He shared personally to this writer that in  his daily profit of P20 he would save P18 and spend the P2 for their family needs. Steadily he followed the same routines, until he had enough to gradually buy lands and did later save more to start a bigger store, until their family was reckoned as the wealthiest in their town.

Success is not an overnight thing. It is a result or a by-product of sacrifice and the knowledge to use time wisely. Most people do only see the results of one’s hard works right away, but often fail to know the needed trail of hardship he shod before he reached such pedestal. As they say, an un-experienced sailor does only see the tip of the iceberg and not the submerged and bigger mountain down below and hidden in the waters, which is that same floating ice.

Success is for everyone. The Lord gave us different talents, and uniquely. There are those who received more and others less, but his commission is only one and common to all, that is to “…Invest this for me while I am gone”. (Luke 19:13, NLT) God wants us to use what gifts he gave us.

The world will be a different and a better place if all of us do know how to use our time wisely. A group of friends after many years of separation decided to meet again on a certain Christmas vacation, to spend their special re-union. When they had the time, each recounted to what were their temptations which seemingly stopped them to reach their individual dreams. Well, their individual families were also around to relish their good time together.

One started the sharing that he almost could not finish Marine Transportation after his father died when he was in third year college. Due to the transition which his family would have to go through, he was forced to work in a fastfood chain from 5-10PM every day, right after school, for some time until he graduated. He was teary-eyed when he shared his past ordeals. The same man is now a captain of an international cargo ship plying the continents of Europe and North America. He also was responsible in the successful education of his other 3 siblings.

Another classmate spoke also of his other experience. He said that he was tempted to join to a college fraternity, which later did lead him to various vices. Good that one day, another friend influenced him to a church and he later reformed. Now, he is a successful police officer and is assigned to another City. The sharing continued on, and one thing was for sure that the bunch of those five young friends was able to manage to use their time well. What the present results they are reaping now, are the good harvests of their past sacrifices.

How about you friend, are you also making the most of your God-given time? Don’t misspend it, use it wisely. Sacrifices will only be temporary and its burden you cannot feel if you love your work. Remember, “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Ps. 126:5-6, ESV)

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