Knowing this, I suggest that when you wake up every morning, you kneel by your bed, or sit
on the edge of it, and pray this: “God, whether I get anything else done today, I want to make sure
that I spend time loving you and loving other people-because that’s what life is all about. I don’t
want to waste this day.” Why should God give you another day if you’re going to waste it?
The importance of things can be measured by how much time we are willing to invest in them.
The more time you give to something, the more you reveal its importance and value to you. If you
want to know a person’s priorities, just look at how they use their time.
Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more
money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a
portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift
you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough just to say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in
them. Words alone are worthless. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it
must be true love, which shows itself in action.”i2
Relationships take time and effort, and the best
way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.”
The essence of love is not what we think or do or provide for others, but how much we give of
ourselves. Men, in particular, often don’t understand this. Many have said to me, “I don’t
understand my wife and kids. I provide everything they need. What more could they want?” They
want you! Your eyes, your ears, your time, your attention, your presence, your focus-your time.
Nothing can take the place of that.
The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.
Love concentrates so intently on another that you forget yourself at that moment. Attention says,
“I value you enough to give you my most precious asset-my time.” Whenever you give your time,
you are making a sacrifice, and sacrifice is the essence of love. Jesus modeled this: `Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave Himself to God as a sacrifice
to take away your sins.”
Relationships are what
life is all about.
The greatest gift you can give
someone is your time.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. “God so loved the world that
Love means giving up-yielding my preferences, comfort, goals, security, money,
energy, or time for the benefit of someone else.
THE BEST TIME TO LOVE IS NOW