In my last post in this series, I discussed how we are often selfish with our interests. If you would like to read that post, you can do so by clicking here. Today I will deal with our selfishness regarding our time.
There is only so much time in each day. We can acquire more money, clothes, shoes, or even houses, but we cannot gain more time. There is a fixed amount of it, which makes it a prime candidate for selfishness.
How are we selfish with our time?
We are selfish with our time when we excessively guard it, or when we unduly impose on another person’s time . You can tell when someone is being selfish with their time when they say things like:
- “That is not my job!”
- “I will do that later.”
- “Time is money.”
Or when they:
- Ignore others
- Are always rushing around, as if they have no time for anyone around them.
- When they are constantly asking others to help them out regardless of the deadlines the other person has to meet.
When we, or others, use these phrases or perform these actions, selfish behavior is usually the reason.
What does Scripture have to say about how we are to act towards others?
Scripture tells us that we are to
“bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2).
So then, if we are to bear one another’s burdens we have to go beyond our normal duties. In order for us to do that, we have to be willing to sacrifice a little bit of our time.
In my next post in this series, I will look at how we are selfish with our money. Until then, use the questions below to help you reflect on this post.
Questions for Reflection
- How do you think we show our selfishness with our time?
- How do you find a balance between being selfish and getting your own things done?
- What other verses would you recommend when dealing with selfishness?
 Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins, 104.