This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:14-16
“Do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.” -Benjamin Franklin
- The most important part of your day is upon you. Make it count! Grab your Bible, a journal, a pen, and a mug of something yummy. Come with an expectant heart. Every day the Lord has something to teach us; we need only to sit at His feet and listen.
- Read Ephesians 5:14-16. Write verse 15 on an index card and read it throughout the day. Commit it to memory.
Using Our Time Wisely
It is now officially the new year and how are you feeling? Overwhelmed and stressed? Or are you ready to conquer this year with new goals and extra productivity? Today I would like to address the topic of time. Remember that every minute of every day is either wasted or wisely invested. There is no in-between or gray area. That statement is defining my new year! I have been learning that the Lord cares deeply how we spend our time, and He also cares what we are invested in.
God created time and gives it to us as stewards. If we don’t wisely use our time, we will find we have little left over to do what is important. Time is a precious gift, and we each have a responsibility for how we spend the time God has given us. We should all echo Moses’ prayer to God in Psalm 90:12 as he cries out, “teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
If we use our time inappropriately or ineffectively, that time is lost forever and cannot be reclaimed. Time that is used unwisely reveals our weaknesses and also reveals what is truly important to us. After all, we always make time for what we enjoy doing the most! But what should be the most important to us and how can we manage our time better and use it more wisely?
Set Priorities – Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “There is time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.” In essence, we either set our life priorities or allow circumstances and other people to set them. Making a list and setting the priorities or new goals is the first critical step.
Schedule Priorities – There is a right time and a right way to carry out our priorities. Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 warns, “For a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight.” We must schedule time for solitude every day, spending time in God’s Word and in prayer. This should be our top priority every single day! Doesn’t God deserve our very best? The answer is yes.
Stick to Priorities – We already read in Ephesians 5:16, “Make the most of every opportunity.” Every challenge we face will either affirm or destroy our priorities. Right priorities will stand firm in the face of change. You will know in your heart if an activity or time commitment is good for you family. If it is good, then stick with it. A common struggle is to give up or become fearful of a commitment. If something is healthy and a great opportunity, then we should jump in and stick to it!
Precious mamas, I encourage and invite you to examine you and your family’s time. Initiate schedule changes that honor God. Commit this year to invest your time wisely and pray for God’s wisdom to live a balanced life.
Questions to Ponder
Are you feeling convicted right now? How and why? If you answered yes, that is great! This is a very difficult subject for me personally and everything I wrote here I’m learning right alongside you. I would also like to add that the Lord has pressed upon my heart for everyone reading this not to feel bad about themselves, or compare how their time is spent to anyone else’s time! We all have our own puzzle, and the Lord knows exactly where we all are at.
Carve out an hour or two after the kids go to bed this week to seek the Lord in prayer regarding your time. Pray specifically for the year ahead and what activities and relationships your family is going to invest in. Write out some family goals and a few personal goals. Also, pray about a goal or something to focus on for each one of your children this year. Do this with your husband or share your ideas with him afterward. It is critical that the two of you are on the same page.
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