Weighing Bill Gate’s Thoughts On Sunday

March 26, 2008 at 9:25 am 3 comments

Today on iGoogle, this was one of the quotes: 

Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Bill Gates

At first, there is the smile toward a hard-working ga-zillionairre.  “Ah-ha!  He just WORKS harder than we do.  HE is EFFICIENT!” 

I have a great respect for efficiency.  Things in my kitchen cabinets have been re-organized over and over again through themselves toward greater efficiency.  I time myself with a cup of tea heating in the microwave set for 1 minute 25 seconds to see if I can unload and reload the dishwasher in that amount of time.   Many days, for a cup of tea, all my dishes are cleaned and I have a treat in the process. 

If my husband comes home for the day and I still have not unloaded the dishwasher, I strive to unload it from the time he pulls in the garage until he plants a typical kiss on my expectant lips.  There’s a great reward!

On the tails of efficiency and productivity comes this thought, “God longs to give us rest, but we would have none of it.” (Hebrews).   Hard work does increase productivity, as does efficiency.  But there is a limit.  True success is measured by hard work balanced with true soul rest, not just recreational activities of the rich and famous.

I turned toward some men and woman I consider “great” and “balanced” in their approach to life, whether rich or poor.  I don’t know Bill Gates.  He may be perfectly rested, balanced, at peace, and content.  I’m just using his quote as a jumping board for thought to challenge myself to grow.


The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray.  It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing.  The great people of the earth today are the people who pray.  I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time to pray.
S.D. Gordon

Too many women have too much leisure time for their own good.  They have time for criticism, gossip, faultfinding, and complaining.  They have time for idle games and lay too much attention to things of the flesh.  There are other women who have too little time for the enduring things of life.  They are too busy flitting about doing this and that.  They have great activity and much doing, but they lack time for building Christian characters.  Both kinds of women — the too-idle and the too-busy need to take time for meditation and quiet repose in prayer to God.  They need time to cultivate their souls that in turn they may cultivate their children’s lives.
Billy Graham

An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate.
     ~ Charles Stanley

Work, work, from morning until late at night.  In fact, I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer.
     ~ Martin Luther

I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord.  The first thing to be concerned about was not how I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished….  I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation of it.
     ~ George Mueller of Bristol


Entry filed under: Christianity, Prayer, Quotes, Religion, Theology, Worship.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Misty  |  March 26, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I’m going to rock the boat and say that I agree with Bill Gates. Religion in itself isn’t efficient and is a waste of time. If people are just attending church and/or church activities just because they’re “supposed to” or just out of habit or to be seen, it’s just wasting their and God’s time.

    Attending worship services with the goal of true, honest worship, looking for ways to minister to others and grow in your faith and works for God–as opposed to just superficial religion–that’s definitely a great way to spend your time 🙂

  • 2. "Maggie"  |  March 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Maggie replies: Well said, Misty! I totally agree. Hopefully the other quotes reflected this “real religion”. Unfortunately, I don’t get the idea that he knew the difference in their being a real versus a fake. Very sad. I hope I am wrong!

  • 3. Misty  |  March 26, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Yes, that’s probably the case. I do love the quotes, by the way. I long for the day when it comes easier for me to find more “quiet repose” to spend with God. It just comes in little spurts right now. and when it does get quiet for longer periods, I tend to fall asleep or “veg” out.

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