Time-Management

What is your most valuable asset? I can’t speak for anyon
e else but mine isn’t good looks
or imposing intellect. I do think it could be… time.
We are all blessed with time but the defining distinction
between the winner’s and loser’s
category in this contest pivots on how it is used. Time
-investment will be among the most
critical of the decisions we make in our life; and tim
e is a gift, not time management
skills, so if our investments are placed appropriately, th
ey will pay rich dividends.
First, we must appreciate the real asset we posses. W
e can do little about yesterday and
nothing about tomorrow; what we have is today. Jesus caut
ions,
“Take therefore no
thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things o
f itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”
(Matthew 6:34). Investing in yesterday’s
mistakes is throwing good time after bad; it is a non-int
erest bearing account (Philippians
3:13). Obsessively speculating over an uncertain tomorrow
is throwing time into the
unknown; it is just a bad gamble (Luke 12:16-21). We have today a
nd, used wisely, it can
be rewarded richly.
Second, we must prioritize;
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole
world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul
?”
(Mark
8:36-37). The irony of time-management books is that it take
s time to read them in order
to learn to manage time, but it is some of the best ti
me you will ever spend; and the Bible
is an eternity-management book. Investing our time in goa
l selection, consequence
consideration, and destiny charting is not down-time; it
is a wise investment (Psalm 1:2).
Besides, the road of life is traveled with much more c
ertainty and confidence when the
trip has been carefully planned ahead of time (2 Timothy
1:12).
Finally, time is an endowment that yields fruit in soul
s. A visit here, phones call there,
and, before you know it, a person’s self-worth has been
enhanced because someone cared
enough to invest their precious time expressing concern. Nev
er underestimate the worth
of time granted to people. In a culture immersed in entertai
nment, recreation, and self-
indulgence, nothing compares to time with friends;
“A friend loveth at all times”
(Proverbs 17:17). In fact, most of what we do increases i
n value when it is shared, not to
mention the safety factor:
“Two are better than one… For if they fall, the one will lift up
his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath
not another to help
him up”
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1). How do you spend your time? Recklessly
? Or, purposefully? Are you
investing in your eternity with good time-management?
JDS