Jerome spent over 30 years translating the Vulgate bible, considered the most important translation in history. There is a statue of him with a skull chained to his ankle which symbolized his perception of the brevity of life.
Jerome’s life verse was Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Today we have more technology to “save time” but we are busier than ever. We rush from one event to another filling our schedules. By the world’s standards we are rich materially, but at the same time we live in poverty. Our poverty is the poverty of time.
There are only 24 hours in a day and admittedly I have a difficult time prioritizing. There are lots of good things to do but what are the best things?
Jesus only did what he saw the Father doing (John 5:19, 8:28, 12:49-50, 14:10—11). And in John 16:13-14 he gave us the Holy Spirit so we we can be so led:
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He [c]will take of Mine and declare it to you.
So Jesus only did and said what his father told and showed him and gave us the Spirit to be able to do the same,
God has prepared us for his purposes: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:10). This is why we were created.
Let’s allow God to show us how to spend our time.
All of this was made known to me through a book, The Only One, by Curtis Sargeant. I commend it to you. it is an easy read. It is biblical, and it can change your life.