“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
A daily struggle for everyone is to apportion our time in proper balance, considering all our responsibilities and goals. God says that there is a time for everything, although it would help if our day could be one thousand years like His (2 Peter 3:8-9). However, He has given each of us 24 hours; we have the same amount of time as Lee Tacocca and Ronald Reagan. Perhaps what God means is that there is ample time to do His will, not necessarily our will. There are three areas to consider in the process of using our time as – — God wills: Priorities, Planning, and Putting Into Practice.
Priorities. . In emergencies most of us know what demands our immediate attention, but what about the other 90% of our time? The first key to godly time management is to decide what is most important. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:36). As a Christian wife and mother, we have many responsibilities to balance as we seek to make God’s will the first priority in every area of our life. This decision process of (1) what takes priority at the moment and (2) how much time to spend on relationships, evangelism, and work is aided greatly by seeking direction from God through prayer, Bible study and from Christians who are fruitful. Structuring priorities helps to set realistic goals for us and for those around us.
Planning, The broad and well traveled path is to go with the flow and let our days just happen. When we take the easy way, we allow circumstances to control us. We need to think ahead and seize opportunities to radiate Christ (Ephesians 5:15-16). The second key to godly time management is to plan ahead. To change from an undisciplined lifestyle or to further define a busy schedule, it is helpful to set aside a weekly time to plan. Keeping in mind my priorities, I find it effective to:
(1) Take a calendar for the week and fill in existing
responsibilities such as work, and meditation with God.
(2) Make a list of people to be seen and called and tasks to
(3) Make a list of other less important things I would like to accomplish in the next month. Some principles to aid effective
a. Don’t plan more than you can handle. Rushing increases ineffectiveness.
b. Double up time. While doing activities which don’t require much concentration, such as ironing and driving, use the time to think, plan, memorize scripture, listen to tapes, or talk on the phone. Do your shopping with a discipleship partner; Jesus sent out the Twelve in pairs. Volunteer to chaperon school outings for time with your child and evangelistic opportunities.
c. Be prepared to use unexpected time. Away from home, carry your Bible, stationery and any special projects. At home refer to your list of things to do for the month; keep mending and nail care implements by the phone.
d. Call ahead. Don’t drive to five stores looking for one item and don’t drop in on people and expect them to be
c. Delegate tasks and follow them through. You will benefit from the help and the time with others.
f. Organize the clutter at home so that you can find things. Get your family or roommates involved with you;
don’t just react to their bad habits.
Putting into Practice. Implementing priorities and planned efforts requires using our calendar and identifying
what hinders us. Many things can keep me in a maze of confusion and wasted time:
a. Procrastination (James 4:14). Do it now, while you’re thinking about it.
b. Laziness and feelings (Matthew 25:26). Which is more important, God’s will or how you feel?
c. An abundance of things and people. Every object you own needs or will need maintenance. Every person in your life requires attention: even Jesus found it necessary to concentrate His time upon a few.
d. Poor com mun ica tion. In setting up appointments, make sure that details are clear after one conversation. In counseling, ask the other person to tell you what she has heard you say. If you have delegated a task, are the expectations understood clearly by all involved? Interruptions often hinder us. Some interruptions occur due to our irresponsibility in planning, such as getting through the grocery line and discovering that you have no money. Most, however, are due to people. In Mark 4:35-41, when the disciples awakened Jesus, He met their lack of faith with more proof. When a sister calls us because she is overwhelmed with her schedule, we have the opportunity to meet her lack of faith with our gentle response of scripture and prayer. Each time that Jesus was interrupted He met the need of the person because He saw the interruption as God’s will. This attitude will help us do all we can to manage our time wisely and then to turn each day over to God for His will to be done in our lives.
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