The first thing to say about being intentional with our time is that Scripture commends it. Giving attention to better time-management isn’t a secular creation. The recent glut of business books on the topic is long preceded by the teaching of the Bible.
Not only does the apostle Paul give us the charter, “Look carefully then how you walk … making the best use of the time” (Ephesians 5:15–16), but even a millennium and a half earlier, the Prayer of Moses asked for God’s help “to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
The Scriptures have plenty to say about stewarding our money, and it doesn’t take much to see that the clock is even more precious than the dollar. As Don Whitney reasons, “If people threw away their money as thoughtlessly as they throw away their time, we would think them insane. Yet time is infinitely more precious than money because money can’t buy time” (Spiritual Disciplines, 137–138).