Greetings in the Lord! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that the Lord is blessing you in every way. This month, we are pleased to announce that we will soon release our latest episode— Journey to the Himba. This new episode highlights our most recent Gospel Expedition to the remote Himba tribe of Namibia and shows the power of the gospel in action. Journey to the Himba will be available for download at www.traveltheroad.com. It is with your prayers and financial support that we are able to produce episodes like this and preach the gospel to those who do not know Christ Jesus. Now, as we prepare to head back on the field, we will need your support even more. Your giving, large or small, is the means by which Travel the Road is solely funded! Your partnership is needed for the journeys ahead, and we ask that you would consider giving a special year-end gift of $100 or more. Through your tithes and offerings we are able to reach the world with the gospel and our commitment is that we will not stop until every person has heard the name of Jesus! Together, we can accomplish the Great Commission!
This month we would like to share a message called — Buying Time.
Time is a currency. Each and every day twenty-four hours is given to everyone in the world. No more and no less. No one can steal it from you, as it is an unstealable commodity. Someone might waste your time, but regardless, each day your bank of time is filled with 24-hours. Time is blind to wealth or power and is given in the same proportion. Time is our most valuable commodity, yet it is disrespected and undervalued in all societies. Unfortunately, most people of the world exchange the bulk of their time for the purpose of building wealth. The strategy behind this, is that one day, when a person gets enough wealth, there will be freedom from work and enough time do what they really want. So, in essence, they are spending time to buy time. This is a flawed equation and a zero sum game played against yourself. Even if you do manage to accumulate a mass amount of wealth you will have still spent a lot of time to get there, and more often than not, you’ll have exchanged the prime years of your life. This is not to say you should abandon working for money, but instead, you need to examine what you are exchanging for your time. If you don’t know what your end goal is, then you need to stop and recalibrate. No amount of wealth will bring back lost years. Value your days and decide what you are living for. Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
Run on the Bank: People rarely value time until they are out of it. Moreover, people become so consumed with the competition of gaining wealth that they neglect their relationship with God only to find they are very poor in the eternal things. Jesus warns of such scenarios by telling this parable in Luke 12:15-21 “Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” The lesson is — time on this earth will end for each and every person, so make sure you have budgeted your time correctly, for you will give an account of how you spent your days. Everything you currently have in life is what you were willing to exchange for your time. Now is a good moment to take a hard look at your time budgeting and get it back on track if it’s flawed.
Being Consistent: Often times people will say, “I live each day as if it is my last.” That sounds nice, but it's not really believable. If a person did live each day as if it were their last they’d be rushing from house to house to share the gospel and not caring what anyone thought about them. They wouldn’t give a second thought about their clothes or how they look because tomorrow wouldn’t exist. The reality is — valuing time doesn’t need to be an extreme endeavour like the world is ending tomorrow. You can budget your days, consistently, to build a future that is more fulfilling and rich towards God. This starts by knowing what you are actually striving for. Paul likens his mission and Christian life to a race, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” The key is to know what you are running for and being consistent to achieve it. When you know the goal, you will be more motivated in your race and shape your life to perform at a high level.
Buying Time: Since time is much more valuable than money we should be looking to spend it as wisely as possible. When people say they don’t have enough time, it means they are unwilling to change their time-budgeting. For them, life will stay in the same cycle and never change. Now, if you are thinking about changing your time allocation, you need to realize the world is very resistant to people who spend their time on a purpose that is different than the societal norms. More often than not, when you buck the system and spend your time on things that are not what the world expects of you, it will evoke a response like, “You’re going to do what?!” and followed up with common discouraging lines like, “I hope you know what you are doing.” “That sounds risky.” “How will you ever pay for that?” “Have you really prayed about it?” et cetra, et cetra. It will be a lonely road at times, but as the days pass and your time investment starts to pay dividends, many who once scorned you, will now seek wisdom from you. Stand strong and keep faith. Remember, time is the equal currency we are all given. Tomorrow is the beginning of the rest of your life. Spend it wisely.
At Travel the Road we are very motivated by how we spend our time. Each and every year seems to go faster than the last and we want to be wise with our days. This is why, year after year, we consistently follow our mission statement: Preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth and encourage the church to be active in the Great Commission. We don’t deviate or try to become something else, our goal is to simply complete this mission and run a good race. Travel the Road is a small organization in size, but large in global impact. We meticulously spend every dollar for the advancement of the kingdom and work on a budget no larger than a small business startup. Each year, we need a working budget of $300,000 annually to maintain and grow. The expenses of producing the television series is relatively small compared to the reach and influence it carries. Moreover, the costs to conduct Gospel Expeditions in remote regions is nearly as low as it can get, and we need your help to reach our goals to sustain the future. So we ask you, if you have been blessed by Travel the Road, please consider giving a special year-end gift or signing up for monthly giving going into 2017. We need your help. Imagine the lives we can impact together! Let us hold fast, spend our time wisely, and be a people who change the world for Christ Jesus! God bless you and thank you for all your prayers and support. Peace be with you.
Tim and Will