Youth Development Seminar Offered in the Philippines
Written by SEA Regional Team Member, Candace Galford
35 years, 1,820 weeks, 12,775 days and 306,600 hours. These are the days I have left before I am 70 years old. Lord willing, I will get to enjoy all this time and live a full life. Psalm 90:10 tells us that, “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” Time is something we can not get back. It is a valuable resource, and how we choose to spend our time is important. During my recent delegation mission to the Philippines I was able to help a wonderful group of young adults evaluate how they spend their time.
Together we read different Scriptures that outlined how many years make up a full life, how many days a week we should work, and even examined how there is a time to sleep and a time to be awake as well as enough time to work. This particular group of young adults are about to graduate college or have just graduated and are entering the workforce. They are being stretched in new ways and were in need of guidance in how to manage all the changes. After they each calculated the above numbers for themselves, I had them break down a standard week. They filled out the time they spent each day eating, sleeping, working, being in transit, and ministering.
The end result was fun and informative. They were amazed at how much time they spend in transit and how much time is spent eating (shopping, preparing, eating, cleaning up). I was able to give them some tips and tricks on how to keep their weeks scheduled and productive. I was also able to remind them that they get to choose to face each day with joy and faith.
At the end of our skills development seminar, a young man thanked me so much for helping him realize that his time here on earth, though limited, is important and that he wants to make sure to spend it well.
35 years, 1,820 weeks, 12,775 days and 306,600 hours. These numbers seem so small, but I know I can do so much if I use them well.