Sometimes I look at my schedule that seems to fill up rather quickly; I am tempted to feel overwhelmed. How in the world can I possibly manage my time to accomplish what I think needs to be accomplished (or sometimes what other people think I need to get done)? Then I recall that it is You who makes all things work in their proper time. You give each and every one of us the same 24 hours in a day. You also give each one of us different gifts and talents to use in those 24 hours. You designed each of us in such unique ways that we will use those 24 hours completely different than anyone else. You also give us free choice in how to spend those 24 hours.
There are a few things I have learned about time management:
*Lord, You manage time much better than I do! That’s why I try to offer my time up to You first (before I spend it all on my foolish ways).
*The world was spinning before I was born, is now and will be after I leave it without my help. Time goes on with and without me. It doesn’t depend on me…but it does indeed depend on You!
*Time is so very short. We never know when our time on earth is up so help me live each day ready to go. Let my daily words and actions be eternally encouraging in case they are the last memory others have of me.
*Eternity will not be prisoner to time. We will live in Your presence unhampered by the silly need to cram as much as we can into a day.
Even now, as I come to You in prayer, time falls away in Your presence. All those things on my list and calendar no longer rule me. All that matters is You love me and I love You…and You want me to invest my day into loving others in Jesus’ name. As I make out my little list to manage my time, will You show me what I need to do today? Let me hold my schedule loosely so I am open to all the surprises You bring about today. Let me invest this 24 hours into loving You and those You place in my path. Love is the best investment. It transcends time. Your love is eternal. Love is the best way to manage my time.
“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.” Hosea 10:12
“Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know what the proper time and procedure.” Ecclesiastes 8:5
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10
Father, show me how to manage my time today…