TIME MANAGEMENT (by Janine Mick Wills)
Do you struggle each day to get everything done? Are your unfinished jobs and projects stressing you out? Then this post can be of help!
I recently heard we are only given so many heartbeats in our lifetime. I’ve got fewer beats today than I had yesterday and the day before that. I’d like to use the rest of them for the glory of God. If I’m to do that, I need to learn how to manage my time more wisely. How about you?*
Time is a precious gift from God. It is the framework for all He wants us to be and to do.
Psalm 31:15a My times are in thy hand… James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Today is the only day of which we are promised.
Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
A Christian is to use her time wisely.
Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
A Christian woman should not be lazy with her time.
Proverbs 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
A Christian is to seek the things of God before all else.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
A Christian must allow God to direct her time.
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
After seeking God’s will in how to use her time, a Christian must plan accordingly.
Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish
What is done for God must be done now.
Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? Psalm 88:11a Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Psalm 146:2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. John 9:4 I (Jesus) must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
GOD’S PRIORITIES FOR A WOMAN’S LIFE
- God – Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
- Husband – Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Ephesians 5:23a For the husband is the head of the wife…
- Children – Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.
- Home – Proverbs 31:27a She looketh well to the ways of her household… Titus 2:5a To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home…
- Self – Proverbs 31:17, 22 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
- Others/Ministry – Proverbs 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
TIME WASTERS – There are times we need to rest. Even God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2). Christ instructed his disciples to rest (Mark 6:30-32). Vacations, visiting friends and family are all apropos, but we often don’t get things done because of the following time wasters:
- Worry (Can cause rash decisions that then must be fixed. “If you have time to do it the second time, you had time to do it right the first time!”)
- Procrastination (Putting things off causes stress, gives you the reputation of being someone who can’t be trusted, and can cost more money and time because of delay)
- Compulsive activities (Facebook, surfing the Internet, buying things you don’t need, et. al.)
- Distractions (Settling for doing minor things instead of the major ones)
- Indecisiveness (Not being sure what to do, so you do nothing)
- Idle conversation (Talking on the phone, gossiping with friends)
- Being disorganization (Spending valuable time finding the things you need)
- Too much entertainment (i.e. Television, reading, shopping, et al.)
- Perfectionism (Taking too much time finishing a job)
If you constantly find yourself not accomplishing everything you would like, make a list of what you do in the course of a day and see if you’re guilty of any of the above time wasters. Vow to put them in their place.
How many heartbeats do you have left? What to you plan to do with them? Spend your precious time wisely!
*The following has been modified from a counseling project I completed while attending Ambassador Baptist College. I pray it will help those struggling with time management.