A typical response in American society from the question, “How are you?”….. Been Busy. How is it that we are so busy all the time, and yet seem to have been so unproductive with all that we are busy doing. We are always on the clock. There’s certainly no avoiding it. However, we can be intentional and smart about how we spend the time we are given. Let me say that this is not another post about how to successfully manage your time or how to establish a great work routine. We already have millions of books, audio, media, etc on productivity. This is a post about perspective. More than ever, we need to be reminded that time is not our own. We were bought at a high price so we must glorify God in our schedule. I pray that we ask God like Moses to help us “to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). David Mathis leaves us with Four Lessons in Fruitful Time Management for the Mission of Love. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!
- Consider Your Calling – God has empowered each one of us with gifts, services, and activities among His people. Our professional “calling” flows not only from our own aspirations and opportunity, but also from affirmation of others.
- Plan With Big Stones – These are the key priorities that make up our calling, and unless we don’t plan for them intentionally, they will be compromised.
- Make the Most of Your Mornings – Study after study confirms the importance of the first hours of the day for fulfilling the most important and often most intensive aspects of our calling. We are sharpest and greatest energy in the morning. Let our top priority each day be reorienting towards Jesus and hearing his voice in the Scriptures. The most strategic time to tackle our demanding tasks are in the morning.
- Create Flexibility for Meeting Others’ Needs – When we know our gifts, attend to our priorities, and tackle them first thing in the morning, then we allow ourselves to be reactive as the day unfolds to respond to unplanned needs of others, whether big or small, obvious or subtle.