breathing room: the value of time


sunday february 11, 2018


Breathing Room is the space between our current pace and our limits.

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.


4 Laws of unmanaged time:

  • Law #1 – Unmanaged time flows     towards my weaknesses
  • Law #2 – Unmanaged time caves     under the influence of dominant     people in my world
  • Law #3 – Unmanaged time surrenders     to the demands of all emergencies
  • Law #4 – Unmanaged time gets invested in things that gain public acclamation


Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning: In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered. Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. – Psalm 90:1-6,10-11 NIV


A possible interpretation: 

If we could see as God sees, we would be more careful with the time we have.


Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12 NIV


“You don’t really pay for things with money.  You pay for them with time. …Translate the dollar value into time, and then see if it’s still worth it. …The phrase spending your time is not a metaphor.  It’s how life works.” – Charles Spezzano, What to Do Between Birth and Death


Personal reflections for the use of time:

·      What do you need to “+ ”?

·      What do you need to “ - ”?

·      What do you need to do “ < ” of?

·      What do you need to do “ > ” of?