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00502 - Obsessed With Time

In my early working life, I used to catch the bus to my local employment. Each day I used to see a lady running down the street while applying lipstick to catch the bus I was on. It was the exact Groundhog moment every day.

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NCV) advises us, "So be very careful how you live. Do not live like those who are not wise, but live wisely. Use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times." This underscores the importance of not being slaves to time but mastering it through wisdom and intentionality.

This does not mean squandering time but filling it with purpose. When we live by faith, every second becomes an opportunity to show love, to act justly, and to walk humbly with God. It's about prioritising what matters, not just what seems urgent at the moment. Time is your servant.


Let time serve you, not the other way around.


Lord, teach me how to manage my time better, I pray. Amen.

Action Point

If you look at the pressure moments of your week, make some changes in your time to take the pressure out of the situation.

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(NCV) The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Use in other publications. You can use all of this devotional when including this credit. Copyright © Carl Brettle. Subscribe for free via


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