Summary: Viewing the days of our lives as God would have us.

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Scientists made a fascinating discovery – you cannot travel back in time.

Apparently we are stuck in the present.

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself” - Andy Warhol

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

Changing things about ourselves isn’t just getting rid of the baggage of the past. Certainly we need to do that if it is weighing us down.

But changing ourselves is sometimes confronted by enemies in the present day.

Simple truth this week that I stumbled upon. When Jesus says I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, He is not saying for us to still hate people and make enemies, but he is still allowing for the fact that people still will hate us.

Do any of you have problems with people around you?

Are you bothered in the present by people you deal with?

Psalm 39

David talks about dealing with the presence of the wicked.

Verses 1-3

David is dealing with the wicked by being silent, and he starts to anguish, and get hot.

So He spoke out to God.


Illustration: Efficiency researchers see a difference in actual Time logs, compared to what you think you do.

– David says in verse one – I will watch my ways. – Show my my life. / verse 4

When was the last time you took a look at where your time is going.

PS 39:4-5

We must live each day with eternity in mind.

We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end.

2 Peter 3:8 – Days are nothing before God – 1 =1,000

ECC 3:9 What does the worker gain from his toil? [10] I have seen the burden God has laid on men. [11] He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. [12] I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. [13] That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil--this is the gift of God.

God wants us to enjoy our time.

We often feel victimized by time.

When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept.

When as a youth I dreamed and talked, time walked.

When I became a full grown man, time ran.

And later as I older grew, time flew.

Soon I shall find while traveling on, time gone.

Everyone Gets the same amount of time each day. how can you say you are victimized by time.??? We all have the same - need to change from victim to victor.

Ill.—We give away our health trying to make more money and then we spend all our money trying to get our health back.

People won’t change because they don’t’ want to invest the time.

Proverbs 20:4 – A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.

Buy Now, pay later

Play now, work later.

We need to flip our time – stop doing things later, and start doing them now.

Maturity is the ability to postpone pleasure. – I didn’t say that Christians have less pleasure, it is just postponed.


goal-oriented disciples – people oriented Jesus – Letting kids on his lap.


Guy who lived in Russia and moved to America, and asked for the coffee aisle.

And as he stands there, he’s repeating, "Coffee, coffee, coffee..."


He gets overwhelmed and actually has a panic attack and faints because he’s so overwhelmed by all the choices.

Well, that’s our dilemma today.

Not just buying coffee, not just the choices of things we can have, but the choices of things we can do, the choices of things we can be.

And we feel overwhelmed by all these options.

And we are sometimes maybe even paralyzed or limited because we feel like if I choose this, then I have to reject that and how do you know what’s the right way?

PS 39:6 Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:

He bustles about, but only in vain;

he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

You’ve got to change how you spend your time.

Sleep more. – Some of you, the most holy thing you could add to your life is an extra half hour of sleep.

If we want to manage our time well, there is one word we have to learn – It’s a simple word: NO.

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