In line with CCF Welcome Wednesdays catalyst on stewardship, ‘WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?’, I’m sharing with you my key takeaways on last night’s session about time management, entitled Maximize Your Time, with Pastor Bong Saquing.
Time is the most important resource that we have. It is something that we can never save today to make use of tomorrow.
Time management is equal to life management. If you’re managing your time wisely, you are managing your life effectively.
If you are going to die tomorrow, how will you spend the last 24-hrs of your day? The issue is not counting the days of your life, but rather how much of your day counts.
In managing your time, remember the acronym T-I-M-E-S. Key Bible passage is Ephesians 5:15-21.
T – Take full responsibility (v.15). You alone can fix your schedule. You alone can say no. You can’t say “I don’t have enough time” because we’re enjoying the same amount of time, that is 168 hours per week. No man in this world has more than that or less than that. The problem is that we possess the FIlipino’s disease called “cramming”. Stop complaining. Instead, start using your time wisely. Galatians 6:5 says that each of us is responsible for our own conduct. We cannot blame our upbringing, our environment, our workload or even our government why 24 hours a day seem not enough to accomplish everything. Proverbs 22:13 emphasizes that the lazy person is full of excuses. Rather, look for solution. Do not look for an available time, set the time.
I – Insist on God’s help (v.18-19). Do not ever depend on your own strength and understanding. You might have the capacity, ability and competency to accomplish your to do’s but if you are not filled with the Holy Spirit, you will always feel exhausted. Remember the prayer, Our Father. Before asking to “give us our daily bread and forgive us our sins…” pray that “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We always think that we will have time by gaining a lot of money. That’s wrong. Be wise in spending time then money will follow. Philippians 4:13 reminds us that there’s nothing we cannot master with the help of Christ who gives us strength.
M – Most important issues first (v.17). Set your priorities in such a way that you must understand what are the non-negotiables and those that cannot be delegated. Have a balanced life by giving equal attention to the following: Intellectual (Proverbs 19:8,27), Physical (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), Spiritual (1 Peter 3:18) and Social (Philippians 1:9). Discard the non-essentials. Put importance on these items first, then fill out the vacancies with less significant items.
E – Embark now (v.20). The best time to start is now. The problem is that we are always waiting for a perfect condition before we “go”; in the end, we always say “no”. If God is asking you to do something, start learning and investing time now. Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.“
S – Spiritual partners are necessary (v.21). Having an accountable person in every goal we wanted to achieve is a must. It is vital to have someone who will remind us on what to do and what to neglect. It is always better to have a partner than do it alone (Ephesians 11:4).
Are you a faithful steward of your time? In what areas are you wisely using the time you are given and in what areas do you need improvement?
The time to start living wisely begins today.
Come with us as we unpack a 4-week series on managing life’s essentials. WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG? Join us in the succeeding sessions every Wednesday, 7:00 in the evening at CCF Center, C5 corner Ortigas Center. Everyone’s welcome, and it’s free! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
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