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I came across this formula the other day; you should try it too: take your age, multiply it by 365, subtract the product from 25,000.  Do you know what that number signifies?  That is approximately how much time you have remaining if you live in North America.  I was shocked to see my number in the 8,900 range.  While 8,900 days is rather abstract (it comes out to 24 years years and some change), it is strange to see your life expectancy spelled out in such a specific number.
     How much time have I wasted?  How much will I continue to waste?  Now, that number was simply a general outline; I could drop dead today--laid low by an aneurysm or killed in a car crash--or I could live to be 96, no one knows, but serves as a good reminder that no one, NO ONE lives forever this side of death.
     I've found myself less enchanted by video and computer games these days, notorious time suckers that they are, and yet I still find plenty of ways to sift out my hours in a less-than-stewardly manner.  Time wasted flipping through TV channels or surfing the web could be much better spent.  Of the seven deadly sins (Pride, Avarice, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Anger, and Sloth) sloth is in my top three.  Why is this?  I don't know.  It serves me in that I don't speed through life missing details, I can spot hawks on the highway all the time, but I don't tend to be motivated when I should.
     I'm slowly, emphasis on slowly, working to be more, dare I say, productive?  Actually, productivity is not what I need.  What I need to be is a better steward of my time.  Productivity is for an office, time stewardship is for a life.  "Wasting" time with a friend, family member, or God is not productive, but it is necessary.  "Teach us to number our days, LORD."
     So, how much time do you have left and what will you do with it?


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