What Does Your Calendar Say About You?

Have you ever heard someone say, “You can tell a lot about someone based on where they spend their time?”  When was the last time you looked at your calendar from this point of view?

Where are you spending your time?  Those of us in the Judeo-Christian tradition are very familiar with tithing, giving 10% of our income to the local church.  This is something we do as Christians as a way of returning to God a portion of what he has entrusted to us.  But this begs the question, what about our time?  Are we giving it away?

I performed this exercise a few months ago, and was shocked to discover the answer.  It was my calendar, but I was not in control of what was on it.  It seemed to have been planned by someone else.  Have you ever felt that way?

I am reminded of the beginning to a popular soap opera, and no I never personally watched it, Days of Our Lives.  As the show was starting, the familiar music would begin and the camera would begin to zoom into an hour glass.  This hour glass had sand falling from the top bowl to the bottom, and a voice would say, “Like sand through the hour glass…these are the Days of Our Lives.”

What a great reminder of how finite our time is.  This very minute in our history will not be recreated.  Once it is gone, it’s gone.  Time is a very precious asset and one we need to manage or someone else will manage it for us.

Back to my example of tithing, I would like to challenge you to tithe your time in a manner similar to the way we tithe to our local churches.  If you run the numbers 10% of an average 40-hour work week would be 4 hours.  Find a cause to give your time to, whether a local nonprofit, your church, or a fellow employee…give yourself to something that is important to you.

What are you planning to give your time to and why?


  1. Carl Campbell says:

    Thanks for this message. I recently asked my boss to have two hours off each week to help out with a Release Time program held at my church, which is down the street from the elementary school. I am investing in these young kids’ lives this way.


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