MANAGING OUR HEARTS TO USE TIME WISELY
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
We tend to put our hearts into what we value the most. What do you consider to be your treasure? Is that truly where your heart is? I’m sure most of us would say our relationship with God, our husband, our children, etc. Our intentions are pure and I’m sure we truly desire in our hearts to keep these as our greatest treasures… but does the way we manage our time reflect that those are our top priorities?
There is not a one-size fits all for this. God has called each of us to do a wide variety of tasks for Him. It’s important that we explore the possibilities of what it might look like to use our time effectively to further God’s purposes today. Truly, isn’t that the true heart of time management?
If we really want to understand how we should be wisely managing our time, we need to let go of the idea that we need to “have it all together”. That’s never going to happen.
Have you ever tried to take a picture of a group? Some will be smiling, some looking in different directions ~ never will everyone be looking at the camera at the same time. Our life and the way we manage our time is like that.
Healthy, wise, and effective time management has little to do with our organized we are, how clean we are able to keep our homes or how many tasks you can accomplish in a day.
We need to ask ourselves these questions each day: What has God-given me to do? In what ways does God want me to serve? Who are the people in my life God has called me to care for? What, then, must I do to accomplish this?
Having a clear picture of God’s calling in our lives will help us with our time management more than anything else. God has given us 24 hours in a day – not too many, not too few – just enough. How we chose to spend that time is up to us. Are we using our time for His purpose and glory? If not, it’s time to consider what changes need to be made. Ask Him, “What do you want from me God? How do you want me to spend my time for you?”
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1
It’s important for us to recognize that each season in our lives bring changes in the ways we serve and the ways we manage our time overall. We need to embrace God’s calling for us at this time. Embrace the season that you are in now. Don’t waste time longing for a different season. Don’t feel guilt over what you aren’t accomplishing because of this season. God has given us a purpose for His kingdom right now. What are you doing with it?
Reflections for Today:
1. Share a little about the season of life you are currently “celebrating”.
2. What would you consider to be the biggest treasures in life? Do you feel you are doing a good job keeping those treasures your highest priority? What do you need to change or adjust in your schedule so that your treasures remain at the top of your list?
3. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” When do you find yourself weary? What have you found to be an effective strategy to fight against weariness?
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