Part 2 Buried Time – People Watching

God has given us a gift of 86,400 seconds every single day but once it’s gone, it’s gone, you can never get it back and it becomes buried time. It is so important for us, as Christians, to be good stewards of the time God gives us and to make every second count for His glory.

Time buriers

‘Time buriers’ is a term I use to describe the things in life that steal and snatch away our time from us. Every Monday I will be sharing a different ‘time burier’ to avoid and an alternative to replace it with.

Last Monday we looked at the area of procrastination and asked God to be our ‘But first’. You can read part one of Buried Time here.

Part 1 Buried Time – But First

People Watching

Proverbs 29:25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.

We live in an age where people can become anyone they want to be and the image portrayed can be altered accordingly to suit the audience.

This is very dangerous territory and a deadly trap that pulls people into making false comparisons and expectations that are unattainable.

We then waste time trying to be something that we are not, rather than embracing who God has called us to be.

How do we know when people are being genuine then? The word of God says we should test these spirits (1 John 4) on their confession that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Beware of browsing

Ephesians 5:16 making the very most of your time on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence, because the days are filled with evil.

Looking at what others are doing can be a huge time waster and social media is one of the biggest culprits for this.

It’s so easy to become distracted and waste time through mindlessly browsing endless holiday photos or responding to controversial opinions that are really unimportant.

Before you know it, an hour has passed and you are left feeling hollow and unfulfilled.

Be grateful for what God has given you rather than coveting what other people have. A grateful heart always brings about a sense of fulfilment and thankfulness.

Counselling & condolences

Psalm 146:3-4 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation help. When his spirit leaves him, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts and plans perish.

Where do you put your trust? When things go wrong, who do you run to?

I do believe that God provides us with people in our life that encourage and inspire us. Godly counsel is beneficial but how many times have we ran to a friend before going to God first? I know I have.

We can waste so much time seeking the counsel of people when the revelation we are looking for is found in the word of God or the answer to a problem can only come about through prayer.

No amount of moaning to your friend will change your circumstance, only God can do that and when our focus is NOT on Him our molehill then becomes a huge mountain that continues to get bigger!

Let’s us also use our time wisely by directing people to the Lord instead of attempting to be their counsellor.

People Pleasing

Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

One of my natural personality traits is that I have a tendency to be a bit of a ‘people pleaser’. (See post Fearless Faith).

I have come to the conclusion that when we become consumed with pleasing man instead of God we are actually wasting our time.

The things of ‘man’ are futile. perishable and do not last. When we sow our seeds of time into God’s kingdom, we will be sure to reap a great harvest, for the things of God are eternal, worthwhile and last forever.

Let’s not bury our time through ‘people watching’ but instead, use our time wisely for the Lord by focussing on what He is asking us to do. In God’s Kingdom, time is never wasted.


Part 3 of Buried Time will be posted next Monday.

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  1. “Be grateful for what God has given you rather than coveting what other people have. A grateful heart always brings about a sense of fulfilment and thankfulness.” A thankful heart encourages us to keep moving forward using the many gifts God has given us in a timely manner.. Thanks for a good word.

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  2. Our ladies bible study was discussing this last night… how often we go to friends first and it solves nothing, but when we go to God first we are supplied with peace and with answers. Thank you!

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    1. So true Linda! It’s such a great thing to discuss as I think it’s very common to run to a friend for advice first and then pray. This is something that I’m still working on as I have some amazing friends in my life and they always mean the best. They shouldn’t come before us going to God first though.
      Thanks for reading and commenting, it’s lovely to hear from you.
      Blessings, Hayley 😊💜


    1. Oh thank you so much, Lynn. God is challenging me in this area and these posts are pretty much my journal notes, typed up. I was constantly moaning to God that I had no time and then He began to show me the areas in which I am wasting the precious time I had. God is so good!
      Much love, Hayley 😊💜


  3. This is so true! As lucky as I am to have so many mentors in my life, sometimes I need to just get with God and see what he’s telling me! It’s so easy to get distracted with social media and stuff when we all need to be focusing on God’s unique call for our lives rather than comparing! Love this and you 🙂

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    1. It’s exactly the same with me, Lea. I have some great friends so it’s easy to run to them first instead of going straight to God. It’s a learning curve and God is so faithful to gently show us where we are going wrong.
      Lots of love,
      Hayley 😊💜

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  4. Really enjoyed this post Hales, needed it as well.

    I am guilty of this stuff at different times so ouch and amen to most of what you have said here. I especially like the going to God first before going to anyone else. It makes so much sense right?

    Here’s to some much needed God watching!

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    1. That’s awesome, Dave. Really glad you could take something from it. 😊
      Yes, it makes perfect sense to go to God first, to pray and be filled with His peace that passes understanding.
      Amen to God Watching! Wished I’d finished on that line. Haha 😂

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  5. Amen, amen and amen! I continue to cut back the amount of time I spend on social media. I also got rid of a ton of “friends” on Facebook, trimming it down to close friends and family. Since I’ve done that, I’ve noticed I don’t feel as discouraged or discontented after being online. Plus, I get to see the posts from people I care about. I’m still only checking in once or twice a day to keep from being consumed, though. It’s way too easy! Always appreciate reading your thoughts!

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