Let me explain, According to Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai, we are each given a mission to fulfill during our lifetime. Not only that, we are given only a certain number of days in which to fulfill that mission–no more, no less. Every moment that we don’t use to fulfill this mission, or purpose, is a waste of our time. And it’s an abuse of the mission we were given.
And that remains the case even if we spend our time doing good. So, we might spend our time as a nurse, for example. But if we are supposed to be an inspirational speaker or a teacher, we are wasting our time and not fulfilling our mission or purpose–at least according to the Rabbi’s teaching.
While this might seem extreme, the teaching give me pause. It made me consider how I spend my time and what it really means to “waste” time. What am I supposed to be doing here–and how am I really wasting my time?
I could consider all the little things I do that waste my time–the things I normally think of as time wasters. You know what I mean: television, the Internet, social networking, talking on the phone, etc. But that’s not what we are taking about here. We are talking about big things…things like good deeds that might actually not be the best use of our time. That’s a different concept, right?
Do you think you could be doing something that seems “good” on the surface–something God would want you to do, something that helps others–but that could actually be opposed to your actual mission, something that takes time away from fulfilling your purpose? Let me know; leave me a comment.
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