Time Management – By What Standard?

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,

redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

(Ephesians 5:15-17)

LORD Jesus, we praise You, for our times are in Your hands. Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we are spending time and more time doing things that are not our business. Help us to see if we are busybodies in any way, and enable us to change these wrong habits. Give us wisdom to discover time wasters, then help us to put them aside. Let us never forget to first focus on things above and not on things that are on the earth. Guide us in our way of life, so we will be wise in how we are handling our time, our finances, and all of our other resources which You have so richly provided for us. In Jesus’ precious name, we pray. Amen.

Who or What Comes First in Your Life?

We need to know the order of our priorities, so we can see with whom or what we are spending our time with. Who or what have we set at the top of our priority list? Is it a person? Who? Or, is it a specific task, something we do out of routine every morning, a single course of our education, our work at home, or a good deed we long to do every day (week, month)?  

Who or What Wants Your Time?

We also need to know who or what demands our attention. Is it someone or something that is on our priority list and that we should spend time with? Will we give in whenever people or things come our way and urge us to take the time for them?

In last week’s post, I said that    

If something is important enough, you will make time for it. You will take the time to meet with that special person and/or invest other resources to accomplish things.

Who or What Is Important in Your Life?

How do you decide what is important and what is not? By what standard do you know what to commit to and what to let go? Know the Bible says about who or what should be important in your life and who or what should be second or even neglected in your life.  

True, this is no small task. Let’s find out continuously by reading and studying God’s Word together.

Be wise, seek and understand the will of the LORD today.

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Dedicated

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,
and He will lift you up.

(James 4:10)

LORD Jesus, we praise You, for You have made the way for us, so we can come before our Father in prayer. Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we are carnally and double-minded. Help us to see where and when we are going wrong and against Your Word. Enable us to look to You for the perfect counsel. Guide us, so we will draw near to God. Help us to cleanse our hands, to purify our hearts, and to be single-minded. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.  

Today’s blog post is an introduction to a series of posts on time management. Let’s start by digging a bit deeper into the meaning of the word. 

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word “dedicated” as,

DEDICATED, pp.
Devoted to a divine Being, or to a sacred use;
consecrated;
appropriated;
given wholly to.

More recent dictionaries mention various other things and actions as examples of what a person can be dedicated to. The “divine Being” and the word “sacred” are left out, though. 

On the other side, they are using similar synonyms for “dedicated” like, 

  • devoted to,
  • wholly committed to, or
  • given wholly to.

One points out that to be dedicated to something means that we will “set apart” or “secure” a specific part of our resources (e.g. time, finances, talent) to get that something done.

What does dedication have to do with time management?

Everything. If something is important enough, you will make time for it. You will take the time to meet with that special person and/or invest other resources to accomplish things.

How do you and I decide, though, if someone or something is worth the effort and time? How can we know what to commit to and what to let go off? How does this look like throughout the year, during the month or week, and in our daily lives? Stay tuned, please. In the next blog post/s we will discover more about the importance and the efficiency of good time management. 

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you today.

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Diligently Wait On Your Master

Whoever keeps the fig tree
will eat its fruit;
So he who waits on his master
will be honored.

(Proverbs 27:18)

LORD Jesus, we praise You, for You are the Master Teacher. Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we fail to listen to and learn from Your Word. Enable us to hear what You are telling us in the Scriptures. Lead us to the Wisdom that comes from You, our LORD and Savior, the One who keeps Truth forever. Do not let us put our trust in princes nor in a son of man, but in You alone. Guide us to seek You for our Help and to have hope in You, for You are our God. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Have you been to the corner of your house lately? What does it look like? What is its current state? Is it still in good order? Or does it look like it will need some repair/s soon? Perhaps, the paint already started to crumble off of a wall, and a more or less huge crack began to appear close to it? 

When things are going well we tend to neglect to look after them. As soon as matters become worse, we often want to put off the time and effort it takes to repair things. The real problems start, when things begin to fall down and are hardly worth the pain or even impossible to get back in working order again.  

Matthew Henry comments on today’s verse that,

This is designed to encourage diligence, faithfulness, and constancy, even in mean employments. 

He explains that, the keeping of fig-tree requires constant care and attendance, while it is growing and, even after it has grown to maturity, it needs to be kept in good order. The servant needs to be diligent in waiting on his master, observant of him and obedient to him, Matthew Henry points out.

How often will we neglect to pay attention to the corners of our house, our marriage, our family life? Do we still check with the Cornerstone (Christ Jesus) and wait for His orders? What is the current state of our home, marriage, family life? Did we, in one or the other way, reject to hear and obey His Word lately? Or are we observant of Him and do what He tells us to do?

Keep close to the Master and wait on Him today.  

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