Managing time as been both an obsession and a problem for me. This year I turn 61 and I am especially conscientious about how much time I have left on this earth. The Bible tells us that our lives are “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have chosen the word TODAY as my word for this year. I chose that word after reading the words of the Apostle Paul who said, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). I want to be wise in the use of my time. I realize that I only have so much time left to accomplish all that I would like to accomplish, for His glory and for the benefit of those around me.
God has placed every single one of us on this earth for a purpose. As Rick Warren so often says, "You were not born by accident." God placed you and me on this earth for a reason: to glorify Him and to make disciples of Jesus Christ. God did not create us to just sit around and wait for eternity. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).
God has called us to be engaged, to be difference makers in our communities, to be intentional and productive in meeting the needs of those around us in the name of Jesus that some may come to Jesus.
Jordan Raynor writes, "Given the magnitude of that mission and our limited time on earth, we should be the most purposeful people on the planet, living with a healthy sense of urgency." We should always be looking to make "the best use of the time, because the days are evil." Time management is not easy because, truthfully, time cannot be managed. It marches on. When it is all said and done, successful time management comes down to discipline. "The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5). If we practice diligence and discipline with our time, it will free us up to make big differences in our world for the glory of the Lord.
All Scripture quotes are from the English Standard Version (ESV)