Justin Timberlake is lazy. Here’s how you can tell:
How many Beatles songs can you name in ten seconds? (Go with me on this.)
Probably more than you can count on two hands. Can you believe the Fab Four recorded all those songs and countless other ones you know by heart in a span of about 7 years? A dozen of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll albums of all time, all created within just 7 years.
To contrast, Justin Timberlake – singer, producer, actor, all around king of the world – is releasing his eagerly-anticipated third album in March. He released his first solo effort back in 2002.
Just to clarify, that’s 3 Justin Timberlake albums in 11 years, as compared to 12 Beatles albums in 7 years.
What is wrong with that ratio?
You might be saying, “Hang on there sir. Don’t be a JT hater. Justin’s 3 incredible albums have all been solo efforts. The Beatles’ albums were collective efforts from 4 outrageously gifted musicians.”
Fair argument. And to your argument I give you Paul McCartney’s solo career. In the 11 years after the Beatles broke up, the same timeframe Justin Timberlake has had since NSYNC broke up in 2002, McCartney released 11 albums on his own and with another pretty awesome band called Wings.
“Whoa, whoa, pump the brakes,” you may be saying. “Timberlake is not just a musician. He’s been busy acting in ‘The Social Network’ and being the best SNL host since Alec Baldwin.”
Another excellent point astute reader. But in between redefining pop music The Beatles also made time to make awesome movies as well.
You don’t have to wait around to be awesome. You don’t have to wait til you’re older. You can be awesome more than once every five years. The Beatles are proof that you can be awesome today.
The key to being awesome today is being wise with the time you are given.
The capacity for human beings to be awesome has not gone away in the past fifty years. We just don’t make wise use of our time anymore.
You have 168 hours to live every week. That never changes. Subtract approximately 42 hours for sleeping, and that leaves you with 126 waking hours to live every week.
You will never have more time than you have right now. When you say you don’t have enough time, and you wish you had more time, you’re fooling and frustrating yourself with an elusive illusion. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Instead of wasting your day wishing you had more time, be wise with how live today:
Be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:15-20)
You have the potential to be awesome today. Believe it or not, you also have all the time you need to be awesome today. It all comes down to how you use it.
If you’re struggling with making the most of your time, take two minutes to watch this video and be inspired. It’s from an apparel company called Holstee. Holstee was founded by three friends who quit their jobs because they recognized there was not enough time in life to pursue the things that don’t stir our heart.
This video is the Holstee Manifesto the friends wrote out the day they started their company – a list of feelings they had at the very moment they set out in pursuit of their dreams.
The Holstee Manifesto is a beautiful encapsulation of what God wants to say to you today. Make the most of your opportunities. Be wise with your time. Don’t doubt. Have faith. Be confident.
Don’t be Justin Timberlake. Be The Beatles. Be awesome – today.
“Awake, O Sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14)