The importance of things can be measured by how much time you are willing to invest in them. The more time you spend on something, the more you reveal its importance to you. If you want to know a person’s priorities, just look at how they use their time.
Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. The greatest gift you can give a person is your time.
It is not enough just to SAY that relationships are important, we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are none of value. Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself by action. Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E”.
The essence of love is not what we THINK or PROVIDE for others, but how much we give ourselves. Men, in particular, often don’t understand this. Many have said, “I don’t understand my wife and kids, I provide food, shelter, money, everything for them. What more could they need?” They want you! Your eyes, your ears, your attention, your presence, your focus---your time. Nothing can take the place of that.
The most desired gift is not roses or diamonds. It is focused attention. Love concentrates so intently on another that you forget yourself at that moment. Attention says, “I love you enough to give you my most precious asset---my time.” Whenever you give your time, you are making a sacrifice, and sacrifice is the essence of love.
* written by Rick Warren - Purpose Driven Life page 127