13 hours a Week

clockWhat would you do with an extra 13 hours a week? I mean if it was just given to you with no strings attached, just 13 extra hours to do what YOU want to do? Would you sleep, read that book you have been wanting to read, spend it on a hobby or maybe with a friend or family member? Or serve others by volunteering for a community organization that feeds the poor? Or would you watch TV or surf the internet?

What would you say if I told you have already been given an extra 13 hours per week? Well, you have and it may be even more than 13. The average internet user spends 13 hours per week on the internet, excluding email. I am probably an average user so I took this number and broke it down to give me a better picture of what this looks like for me. So indulge me briefly or calculate with your own numbers.

  • I am awake roughly 17 hours per day, or 119 hours per week
  • 13 divided by 119= .11 or 11% of my available waking hours are spent on the internet.
  • This means I have about 1.87 hours of extra time available per day for doing other things…almost 2 hours.
  • And this doesn’t include television…the average person watches 4 hours of television per day.

The numbers speak for themselves. I already have the time to do most of the things that I would do “if there was just more time in the day.”

So how does God want us to spend our time? We are uniquely created with varying passions and gifts that can serve God and others in love.  There is no limit to what God can use and do through us if we invest our lives and our lives are built on minute at a time. Nothing is wasted. Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus (Chapter 5): “Be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love as Christ loved us…” (v.2) and then “look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (v. 15-16).

So dream big with God and use the time He has given to you to make it happen.

How will you use your extra 13 hours per week?




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