Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It's About Time

                I am a planner, organizer, administrator. It’s my hobby and what I do well. I love reading and learning from organizational and time management books. My pantry shelves have a specific place for breakfast items, baking items, snacks, and staples. My spices hang on the door in alphabetical order.  Excel spreadsheets are my hobby. Time management is fun to plan, but it’s a never ending struggle to execute.
                I’ve heard it said that you can’t manage time because it passes and never returns whether you are productive or not. We can, however, manage what we do with our time. The past has passed and cannot be reclaimed, although it can be redeemed. That’s another blog.
                So how do we manage what we do with our time? The first thing is to figure out how we are currently spending our time. Think first about communication. How much time do you spend talking to your husband every day? What about your children? How much time do you spend on the phone with friends? How much time to you spend in social conversation with coworkers each day? How much time do you spend talking to God? Is it a two-way conversation?
                It’s worth your time to take a few days and track how you spend your time to see how much you give to God? Your financial resources must be spent to live, but hopefully you also give financially to God through your church or other ministries. In the same way, our time must be spent making a living and caring for our family. Hopefully you are also giving a percentage of your time to God.
                The challenge is to see how much time God is getting. I’m not talking about things done “for” God, but time spent “with” God. You might be surprised to discover the percentage of your time spent or not spent with God.
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed
and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35).

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