Teach Me To Number My Jelly Beans

14 Jul


My time is split a thousand different ways these days.

Besides the 40 hours a week I spend at the radio station (and the added hours for summer events), I am also involved in a weekly Bible study, attending an evangelism training class, I’m an active member of my church’s worship team, and I cook for our bi-weekly men’s breakfast.

My life is packed to the brim.

On top of that, I am trying to read 100 books this year… and I run this website… and I occasionally try to keep my friendships from falling to pieces.

Oh, and I’m also a husband and a father.

How did I get in this pickle?

I am terrible at saying no, particularly to things that don’t seem all that bad. An opportunity presents itself and I dive in without thinking it through, and within weeks, days, sometimes even hours, I am regretting it.

I saw a video the other day related to this topic that completely blew me away. I encourage you to watch the whole thing.

Powerful isn’t it?

How are we using the days (or jelly beans) that God has given us on this earth?

When you look back over your last week, how much time did you spend watching television? On Facebook? Reading blogs… even if they were good ones like this one?

When I saw the video with the jelly beans, the first thing I thought of was Psalm 90:12…

Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

I need to start saying “no” to things: to the frivolous time-suckers, first of all, but also to the good things that can wait till later…


Because we only have so many days on this earth.

One by one our supply of jelly beans is being depleted… but they aren’t out yet.

Let’s be good stewards of our time. We need to be able to say “no” to “good” things so that we can say “yes” to the most important things.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16, ESV)

How are you using the time God has given you?

-Dave Wonders


Yes, “David Wonders” is his real name. Dave is  a husband, a father, and the midday host at 104.3 The Pulse (thepulse.mn). Somehow he finds time to read absurd numbers of books.  Connect with Dave on TwitterFacebook,and LinkedIn.

photo credit: Elizabeth Thomsen via photopin cc

8 Responses to “Teach Me To Number My Jelly Beans”

  1. Shelley DuPont July 14, 2013 at 21:34 #

    I have less jelly beans than you. I need to savor them. Our church has started a new ladies’ visitation group to go out once a week. I’m looking forward to going. This coming week is VBS. It’s going to be held in the evening. I’m planning on being a warm body for crowd control. Those are the above and beyonds. They are the things I have no reason not to. So, I will.

    • More Than A Beard July 14, 2013 at 21:46 #

      Good for you, Shelley!

      I miss VBS… they should make VBS for adults. Snacks. Games. Flanelgraph. The whole thing. I would go and invite all of my friends.

  2. chrismorriswrites July 14, 2013 at 21:46 #

    Good stuff here Dave. Thanks for drawing the biblical connection to the jelly bean count

  3. Deann July 14, 2013 at 22:53 #

    What a way to make you think!!! I was very intrigued and will start to see if I cannot spend my jelly bean time better!!!!!

  4. dilemmamike July 15, 2013 at 22:17 #

    I saw this video in @TheRobertD’s tweet. I immediately shared it on Start Experiment, Start Writers, and Start Boost sub groups.. Also on my phone to a couple of people at work. @TheRobertD messaged me with a thank you for sharing. That guy is awesome and so is this blog! Thank you!

    • More Than A Beard July 15, 2013 at 22:34 #

      Thanks for reading, Mike! I first was pointed to the vid by Chris Morris (a writer for MTAB and also a member of the Start Experiment). It is a very thought provoking video!

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