It’s a great equalizer, isn’t it? Everyone has the exact same amount of time in a day, a week, a month, a year. The clock ticks are the same for you as they are for me. For the CEO of a fortune 500 company and for the homeless person on the street.
We can’t buy, sell, or store it. We can’t really save it, invest it, or erase it—even though we like to say we can. We can’t control it; speed it up or slow it down. We can’t stop it. And once it’s gone, we can’t get it back…ever.
We can manage how we use it.
We can waste it or use it wisely.
Did you know God created time? It’s a gift. A resource. A blessing.
Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19, NLT)
So as the Creator, God is above time. Outside of time. Not governed by it as we are. I don’t know about you, but I find a lot of comfort in this, especially when it comes to goal setting and goal achieving.
Because His timing really is perfect! He knows when things should best be put into place. And for someone like me, someone who likes control, who craves a plan to follow and steps to take, relinquishing control is hard. But when I release my goals and time into His hands, I discover peace and freedom. (I just have to remember to leave it there and not try to take it back.)
Listen to Paul’s words:
So 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. (Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT, emphasis mine)
The ESV puts it this way: “…Making the best use of the time…” or the COV (Cheyenne Olson Version) “don’t be stupid with your time.”
I’m not an expert at time management. I’m still trying new things and learning what works best for me. And as life changes and morphs, I’ve learned to adjust and discover new tools and ways of doing things. But the overall principle that follows me is this: You need to control your calendar and time or they will control you! Don’t be afraid to say NO!
See, I tend to get caught up in the desire to help and do and be everything for everyone else that I defer my calling. I want to meet other’s needs, especially when I know I can. Then I had an “ah-ha” moment (ok a holy 2×4 over the head moment) that has helped me facilitate a more balanced life: Serving others at the cost of walking in obedience to what God has called me to do is a sin of pride. It was then that I finally realized I can’t be everything to everyone. I must to prioritize and work within the confines of my time. I have a responsibility to do what Jesus has given me to do.
Let’s face it, not everything we need or want to do it a daily thing, but they may happen a few times a week. Many things are weekly or monthly. Some are annually or even semi-annually. And some things can happen simultaneously.
I use both an electronic and paper calendar.
I have tried a variety of calendars over the years, and different planners have worked for different seasons in my life.
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I love this one because
There are other tools out there, but this is what I have found that works best for me.
I love doing this because
At the end of the day before bed, I take a couple of minutes to review the day and write it down.
All in all, it takes me about 5-10 minutes a day, but it saves me hours and missed appointments. I appreciate how this planner helps me stay on track and keeps me organized.
Next week we will talk about more specifics, on how to alter schedules, and how to do things like meal planning.
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