As a kid I watched way too much television. I’d come home from school and most days would sit glued to it for hours. If you asked me a questions about any of the kids shows from the 1980’s there’d be a fairly good chance I would know the answer.
You could say that I become at an expert at television consumption.
According to Malcolm gladwell in his book Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to gain enough experience, knowledge and insight to succeed. In other words to become an expert.
Sounds like a long time.
When you realise that there’s things in life that you do every day, even without thinking about them, that time is constantly passing, it starts to seem more achievable.
Just like me as a kid, according to the New York Times, the average person watches about 34 hours of television a week. That’s 4.8 hours every day. If you spent 5 hours a day on something more profitable, becoming an expert, wouldn’t seem to take all that long.
Internet usage is another great example. According to one study those aged 8 to 18 spend an average of 7 hours a day online in some form.
That’s 7 hours a day disapearing into thin air.
If you think about it, we’re slowly but surely becoming ‘experts’ at all sorts of activities.
Without thinking, we’re becoming more and more knowledgable and experienced at a whole bunch of things. If we’re honest, these activities aren’t really adding any eternal value to anyone.
Imagine if you chose a different path and stuck to it.
Imagine the personal results of choosing to not mindlessly waste your time and instead you chose different, more eternal activities to pursue. Imagine if you stuck at them over a life time.
You’d gain expertise in the things of God.
You’d be successful at becoming Christlike.
Question: On reflection, where do you waste the most time in your day? What have you chosen to focus your time and effort on? How long have you stuck at it? Add your comments below.