Soul Food for Friday: Quotes for Leveraging the Gift of Time

Whether you are rich or poor, young or old, American or Indian, or any other distinction you want to come up with, we all receive the gift of 24 hours each day. This week’s Soul Food for Friday seeks to leverage the gift of time.

Mono Lake in California by Sharon Burkey

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” — Annie Dillard

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.” — Zig Ziglar

“God has given me this day to use as I will … what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.” — Dr. Heartsill Wilson

“Only one third of American workers plan their daily schedules. And only 9 percent follow through and complete what they planned.” — Survey taken by Day Timers, Inc.

“Would that I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.” — Bernard Berenson

“No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire today.” — Denis Waitley

“Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.” — Thomas P. Murphy

“With excellent time management, you get more living out of life, more time for the people and things you enjoy.” — Brian Tracy

“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.” — Robert Orben (That’s why time is more about compass, then clock.)

“My time is as much mine as my money. If I don’t let everybody else spend my money, I’m not going to let them spend my time.” — Fred Smith

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Time management is really a misnomer — the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.” — Stephen R. Covey

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” — C. Northcote Parkinson aka Parkinson’s Law

“God never imposes a duty without giving time to do it.” — John Ruskin

“Remember that it was God who decided on a 24-hour day, and he must have felt it was enough. We can never do all that we expect ourselves to do, and we can rarely do all that others expect us to do, but we can always do all that God expects us to do.” — Scott Sernau

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” — Lily Tomlin

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” — Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV 1984

Time is ultimately a gift from God. Leverage today’s gift well!

What is your best use of time in a perfect day? What quote gets your life aligned around leveraging the gift of time?

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3 responses to “Soul Food for Friday: Quotes for Leveraging the Gift of Time

  1. Hi Richard,
    Awesome job! Lots of great quotes. These three are my favorites:
    “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard
    “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.” — Zig Ziglar
    “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
    The cool thing about the movie “In Time” is that time and money are the same. You work for time. You use time to buy what you need and what you want. You live as long as you have time. The rich live in a better Time Zone. Etc.
    Blessings & Joy,
    Dean

  2. My best use of time in a perfect day involves production, on the one hand, and connection, on the other. I write alone. I spend time with a friend. When I’ve done those two things, I’ve spent my time well.

    I enjoy your thought-provoking quotes, Richard.

  3. Ecc 3:11 is a great one for keeping me on task. Also, I love the quote about not letting other people spend my money, so why would I let them spend my time?
    Great round up. Have a good weekend!

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