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Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Calculating Time

Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 10:03 AM

I came across an article this week that I would like to share with you. There is someone, somewhere that calculates statistics to figure out how much time the average American spends doing various things over the course of an average lifetime.

For instance, we spend 4.3 years driving a car. In that time we will drive enough miles to travel to the moon and back three times. We will walk about 110,000 miles. That's enough to walk around the world four times.

Women will spend eight years shopping and nearly a year choosing what to wear. For the men who got a laugh out of that, here's a tidbit about you. They've calculated it, and apparently, men spend a whole year of their lifetime just staring at women. No wonder women spend so much time deciding which outfit to put on.

Both men and women will watch television for more than nine years. Two years of that time will be spent watching the commercials. As expected, most of our lives will be spent asleep or at work. We'll sleep about 25 years and work 10.3 years. On average, Americans work 40 hours a week from ages 20 to 65. There are only so many days and hours in our lifetime and we would be wise to use our time doing good things. The clock never stops. Time goes on.

Everyone has a reputation. It may be good or bad. We earn a reputation by what we do, what we say, and how we conduct our business. We can earn a good reputation by doing what we say we will do, being honest, going the extra step, acting with integrity, and looking out for the needs of others.

As we think about how we spend our time, the question comes to mind. How much of our time is spent in prayer, Bible study, and in church worshipping God? I do not have the statistics in these areas but I would dare to guess that all of us spend more of our time on other things rather than things that should be a priority.

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little while, and then vanisheth away." James 4:14

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