Chicago, US of A, February 15, 2017.
Teacher: Midwayer Thomas.
Subject: “Time is too Valuable to be Wasted.”
Received by Valdir Soares.
Midwayer Thomas: “I am glad you finally decided to take a message from me. I am Thomas, the one who took an interest in you long before you knew beings like me to exist. I have accompanied you to all the cities in which you lived, I observed your life, and assisted you in ways you’ll never know. It wasn't by pure chance that you found the (Urantia) Papers in Asia. We didn’t trick you, but we did make good use of the circumstances of isolation you experienced at the time. My lesson for you today is: ‘Time is too valuable — stop wasting it.’ Frankly, you do so in many ways, but since you like things in threes, here they are:
“Human beings waste time by lacking priorities. It is not that many of you don’t have priorities, but rather, your priorities are not of spiritual values. Spirit-valuable realities endure time and benefit you even to eternity, but hollow priorities are short-lived and need constant replacement. Spirit-valuable priorities are those that reflect the values of goodness (love) truth (meanings) and beauty (harmony) in your life. These values although they may involve matter, they all transcend matter. A touch may be accidental (meaningless) or may have an intent, a meaning, a purpose, therefore it may serve to manifest love, truth, and beauty. Matter is not transcendental but it can impregnate thoughts, purpose and sometimes entire lives, producing materialistic human beings, whose only priority is to feed their egos. If your priorities are exclusively material, you are indeed wasting time.
“Human beings waste time in idle leisure. Idle leisure is that which promotes no progress in your life. Leisure, rest, and sleep are good, pleasurable and necessary for human beings, but in excess they are simply wasting time. Leisure activities take your minds from the serious things and revert you to a more relaxed state, and its benefits are truly re-energizing, but an obsession for the playful can be addictive and too much of rest or leisure is also a waste of time. Leisure may offer opportunities for fellowship, and rest is a necessary ministry to the self, but it is the discharge of duties that usually produces bonafide experiences in your lives and results in real experiential growth. Even in the discharging of duties, lack of planning or entertainment of distractions can cause idleness that makes you just waste your time.
“Finally, human beings waste time with excessive attention to the self. Everything and anything you do that ends up with your self will be an irreparable waste of time. It’s true, ‘You cannot take care of anyone else until you take care of yourself.’ To keep your life functional it is essential, but for the main purpose of serving others, not yourself. Granted, there are people that cannot even care for themselves, let alone care for others. These people are what I call ‘opportunities for service.’ Their very lives are an opportunity for ministry, and by ministering to their needs we accrue experiential growth. Selflessness is not deprivation, penitence or sacrifices only produce narcissistic pride. Selflessness is an intentional self-forgetfulness to be of service to others. Excessive energy towards the self is a great waste of time.
“In that way, my friend, you see that most of human beings are wasting valuable time in their lives by not knowing which priorities are really valuable, by not realizing that idle activities do not bring growth to their lives and should be stopped, and by putting too much focus on their egos, not realizing that all effort towards the ego is not instrumental in service to others, and is nothing more than a waste of energy and time. We midwayers do not need rest, although we do need re-energizing and occasionally some reversion activity. All of us midway spirits on Earth are now all of good standing and we know that every bonafide experience is an important contribution to the growth of The Supreme. If we, in this sphere have the honor of being called ‘servants’ of Urantia, Gaia, the Planetary Supreme, it certainly is not because we waste our time with trivialities, but in service, mostly to you, humans.”
© The 11:11 Progress Group.
Keep Before You the Goal of the Ages — Teacher Prolotheos.