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You’re Not Fooling Anyone

Not a fan of mimes. Watching someone go through various motions imitating some real-life activity while they say nothing never attracts my attention.  Furthermore, it holds no interest for me to see a painted face, exaggerated make-up to highlight facial expressions, and white-gloved hands flowing through the air as if they are moving through water.   

In truth, not all mimes are entertainers and what they do does not amuse anyone.  Some are present every day in your workplace, family, friends, or acquaintances. You know them as those individuals that go through the motions of working, studying, or being creative, but the output they produce is nil.  In other words, they have perfected the art of performance without any productivity. 

No matter where you go in a week’s time, you see those working very hard to “appear to be” working very hard.  In their outward behavior, frequent trips to and from various places in the office, constantly conversing, diligently looking studious, and expressing their opinion of how overworked they are, one would think that they must be the secret of success for the entire business.  In truth, the “business” is looking for the right time to terminate their employment.

Two men were out hunting. Neither was a good shot. After they had tramped through the fields for hours, they had seen plenty of rabbits but had yet to hit one. With evening coming on, both were getting tired. One turned to the other and said, “Tom, what about it? Let’s just miss two more and call it a day.” Despite the lack of anything to show for their time, these two hunters probably expended as much energy and effort as if they had bagged twenty rabbits. The same thing, unfortunately, can and does happen to people. “It is not enough to be busy,” someone once said, “one must also get results.”  (Copied).

The most tragic part of wasting opportunities and wasting time is that those “moments” and “open doors” in some cases, cannot be reclaimed. By exercising discipline, a person can “make the most” of each opportunity and each day.  None of us ever hit 100% efficiency.  But for those that seek to fill each day to the full with positive and eternal investments of their time and abilities, they will be much more successful in reaping a harvest.  They had a higher purpose than simply wanting to make it to quitting time.   Consider these Biblical admonitions….

Colossians 4:5 – Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

Psalm 90:12 – So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Ephesians 5:16 Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Romans 13:11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

2 Corinthians 6:2  – For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.