Passage 65: Am I Worth Your Time?

I have a question for you:
Is your time worth more than another person’s time, or is someone else’s time worth more than your time?

To some degree, the world (its system) has created a gauge on how much our time is worth. Our education, the industrial world, and the business standards have taught us about opportunity costs, losses, and profits. Every hour we spend is calibrated for productivity and profits.

In terms of business, I am not against it. Yet that is precisely my point; our world standard revolves around business. In short, life is too money-oriented. 

What do you think will happen to the succeeding generations?

A fresh graduate who is offered an hourly rate of $7 as a virtual assistant or a junior SEO in the Philippines may immediately accept the job offer. A senior SEO specialist may decline without 2nd thought.

Have you noticed the job titles that go with the hourly rate?

  • Virtual Assistant
  • Junior SEO
  • Senior SEO Specialist

Though we often equate our value or rate per hour with our titles and positions, beyond business and work, time is priceless. No one can own time. It is all borrowed. You may prolong your rental, yet wealth is never a guarantee. Sometimes wealth may just prolong the agony.

All of our time is precious, and they are priceless. Once you lost the time, it will never ever come back to you. In this world, time is life. The next life would be an eternity, and it does need time (I suppose).

If we look at “time” beyond business and look at it from a different lens, a janitor who makes $1 per hour or less in the Philippines may see time differently than a CEO who earns $100 per hour. 

The CEO may evaluate his very precious time on profitability and luxury. While the janitor may view time as a fine line where he/she treads between life and death. 

Therefore, let us be considerate, especially to those who are in the rank-and-file positions. Let us not waste their time. Be prompt when making appointments with them. Be mindful of their time. Give them your utmost attention when spending time with them. 

If you really need to be late on appointments, if that is your thing. 😉 Do that to the CEOs. Profit loss is not as crucial as a livelihood (maintaining life; support of life). 😛 (Am I joking? Perhaps, I am. But you see my point, right?)

What does the Bible teach about time?

…yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

James 4:14

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

Life is simply a mist that appears and vanishes. We all know that we could never carry our worldly riches to the grave, not a dime. Yet, we could always make use of them to uplift other people’s lives. These are the types of riches that could leave a footprint on many lives. These are the types of riches we could bring along to the next.

How we live life is the real riches.

If life is mist, how will you make use of it?
If life appears and vanishes like a mist, will you spend your weekends making a profit? Or will you spend them with your loved ones? Will you spend them with people you care?

If life can vanish anytime, will you not find time to forgive those who have hurt you?
If life is a mist and can disappear anytime, will you not seek the time to ask for forgiveness from those whom you have hurt?

If it can vanish anytime, why not forgive yourself now? No one is preventing you from doing so.
Why not tell yourself: “[state your name], I forgive you everything I have done to you.”
Why not ask forgiveness from God through Jesus, our savior, who with opens arms welcomes you anytime.

Forgiveness unloads the burden we carry through time.
Forgiveness revitalizes our bodies and souls.
Forgiveness removes the blurred lenses in life.
Forgiveness heals.
Forgiveness is real love.
Forgiveness is Jesus; he died on the cross to forgive us of our sins.

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