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How I Spend My Time Is A Moral Issue

“How I spend my time is a moral issue.”

This was the statement someone made to me yesterday, and I can’t stop thinking about it.

How does this statement impact you?  I mean if we’re serious about it, this statement could change the way we live or at least change the way we think as we live.  Is wasting time immoral?  When I fail to make the most of each and every opportunity am I sinning?  How do I really live in light of this statement?  Do I make the most of the time that I’ve been given?

Does watching TV count?  I mean, come on, I love watching those reality TV shows like Survivor, Amazing Race, and Biggest Loser.  Are you telling me that watching these shows could be wrong?

How about surfing on the internet?  I’m not into porn, but I probably spend too much time on the computer surfing the social media scenes on Facebook, Foursquare, Empire Avenue, Twitter, etc.  Could too much time on the computer mean that I’m sinning?

How about during my drive time?  I’m in the car at least an hour every day driving to and from work.  Surely, I don’t make the most of my time in the car.  Hmmm….

Do you see what I mean?  This statement has got me thinking!

What do you think?  Does that statement hit you the same way?


October 6, 2011 - Posted by | experiences, life, thoughts, wisdom


  1. Its not immoral to sit around doing nothing much. Progress means we don’t have to do as much physical stuff but we do have to do more thinking – which you could argue is as tiring, if not more so, and the brain needs to switch off to recover – so Im quite happy sitting on the sofa watching reruns of Lost – if that’s a sin then strike me down!

    Comment by trixfred30 | October 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Interesting perspective which perhaps leads to a much deeper conversation. I think rest is good, but not too much rest. “…a list sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a bandit…”

      Comment by jonstolpe | October 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. It’s a very sobering statement Jon…

    I think it’s important to look for Christ and his Truth in everything we do.

    If I can relate a TV show, commercial, driving home from work, running, or the internet to the Truth of Christ…then arn’t I growing as a believer…arn’t I living in this world but NOT apart of it…by keeping my savior in mind and in action…

    for example. “The internet” what is the internet for some? a source of all knowledge of sorts…well instead of spending time googling something…remember and relate that We as Christains already have a google Master…God! the Omniscent! The ALL-KNOWING God!!!! He is better than Google could ever be!

    and this is kept in mind and shared with others…i don’t see that wasting time….you are learning to decern the things around you and bringing out the “kingdom” in our lives…

    But yes to fail at this and to spend time after time googling with out relating to Christ…the it is a waste of time…

    Comment by Arny Sanchez | October 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Deep perspective, my friend. I think this could be a pretty interesting conversation and discussion for our blogging community.

      Comment by jonstolpe | October 10, 2011 | Reply

  3. The problem with sitting around doing nothing is how do you know when you’re done?

    Comment by Jonathan | October 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Great question! Thanks for keeping the humor in our discussion.

      Comment by jonstolpe | October 10, 2011 | Reply

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