Many moons ago, I worked in the hospitality industry, managing a hotel. I learned a term that stuck with me: perishable inventory. Basically, when a room didn’t sell before the night was over, it was lost forever, we could never make money on that room, on that date ever again. Of course, we could make the money again the next night, but last night’s opportunity has “perished” Basically, it dies.

The same thing is true with our time. We need to think of our time as valuable inventory that can be lost. Today, you have anywhere from about 12 to 16 waking hours to manage. What are you going to do with those precious hours?

The most precious thing you have available to you, is your time. How are you going to give it away? How are you going to spend it? How are you going to invest it?

The Bible teaches in Matthew that we need to store up treasures in Heaven, where no one can steal it, it can’t be destroyed, and it will be safe. It goes on to say “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” What do the desires of your heart show? Where is your treasure? You’ll know, by how you spend your time.

So, back to hotels. The goal is to sell out 100% of your rooms EVERY day, otherwise the hotel is losing money. But, you also want to make as much money as possible, so you will mark up rooms that are last to sell. That’s why it’s less expensive to buy early. I remember our rate doubling from $50 to $100 because we only had 5 rooms left. Why? The less availablity you have, the more precious it is. Please hear my heart behind this analogy:

Don’t wait until you’re nearing the end of your life to see the precious value of your time. Today is the most valuable day you have!

So, let’s have 100% occupancy of our time used, at the best rate possible, EVERY day.

I also want to mention, that many times the best use of your time is actually resting. The way to get a long life: resting. The best way to hear from God: resting. Resting is putting your mind at ease, choosing to trust God, not worrying about things you have no control over, sitting quietly.

I challenge you to have the courage to believe that you are making a difference in this world, storing up eternal treasures for the time and money you invest into others and live out of that belief system.

With love,