We are only given 24 hours each day. And yet, at times, it seems like there must be five of us to accomplish all that is set before us each day!
Our priorities should determine how we spend our time. When priorities are properly managed, then we will spend our time on those things that are most important and consistent with God’s direction for our life. God is the One Who established twenty-four hours in a day. He is the One Who has an agenda for our time. He will never give us more to accomplish in a day than we have time for. If we have unwisely spent our time, then after we repent, we may have some catching up to do. Thankfully, He will then direct us on how to recover in a way that is consistent with godly priorities.
If we are frustrated over too little time, something is broken. Either we have had wrong priorities or not been self-disciplined in spending time according to our priorities. It is also possible that God has allowed trials to prove us, or He is chastening us.
Steve Maxwell, Titus2.com
So there you have it.
- Does the way we use our time reflect our stated priorities? Or does the way we use our time verify that our priorities are different than we state?
- Are we using the time we have been given wisely and consistent with those missions the Lord has given us?
- Have we been guilty of unwisely spending our time?
- Is it possible that we are in the midst of a trial? (And if we are in the midst of a trial is it because we were negligent in spending our time wisely?)
It is never too late to “find time.” As Mr. Maxwell continues:
God is so good and desires to conform us to the image of Christ. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). He will show us things that are hindering the process if we ask Him.
I know so many of us struggle with finding the time in a day to meet the various needs of our family, from young to old. In my own life, I frequently find that those things that I thought were so terribly important (at the time) are actually crowding out those things that should be my top priorities — beginning with meeting the various needs of my family.
As we think about scheduling a new year, we can first determine our real priorities. Those are the nonnegotiables in any given day. With those large things covered, we may find the smaller things will fit in just fine!
Busyness Instead of Fruitfulness
How things can look when priorities are out of sync.
Three-part series on finding time!