I am not one that likes the cliché “New Year’s Resolutions” because they never seem to get past the first part of the year. If you are the kind of person that is able to keep your “resolutions” all the way through the year, then congratulations, you are in a 5% range of people in the world. I on the other hand, am not in that category.
Not all of us are millionaires or owners of a business with constant cash flow. Some of you may be blue collar people living financially okay or you may be living paycheck-to-paycheck. No matter what, we all do not have the same amount of money. What we all have the same amount of is time. The greatest goal you can have this year is… managing your time.
Let’s look at ways we can do this.
Prayer is essential to all aspects of life. We must depend on prayer if we are to maximize our time. Our flesh, the world and the enemy will fight against us using our time wisely. Therefore, prayer will have to be at the forefront of the battle. Honestly though, prayer is the best use of our time.
Communing with the God that created us and saved us is the greatest task that can be undertaken. Do you want what you do to make a difference in your life and others around you? Do you want your time to be fruitful? Then pray, pray, and pray.
This is a word that we do not hear much in our culture these days. Discipline is essential to the management of your time. It comes in all different forms but is a need in every area of life. For example, discipline in your Bible reading. Let’s just cut to the chase, most of us struggle with getting into our Bibles on a consistent basis. Set aside time each morning (or at night) to read and indulge in the Word of God. “I don’t have enough time to______” is what is called an EXCUSE. An excuse is the worst enemy of a disciplined life. Many people will “excuse” themselves into an undisciplined life and never be the man or woman they are created to be. Discipline does not come easy, but it is fruitful in the use of our time.
Most of the tasks that never get done in our lives are because we did them alone. We do not always need help necessarily to “do” the task, but accountability in these things may very well be the thing we need to accomplish them. As I stated earlier, discipline is not easy, and that is why having an accountability partner is amazing.
In church settings, we discuss this, but what is an accountability partner? It is someone (of the same sex) who you ask to come along side of you and help you be a better you. We sometimes do not like this idea because that person may have to tell us what we are doing wrong. If that does happen, GOOD! Make sure you find a person that will do it because they love you so that it will be done in love. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” Proverbs 27:6.
Here is what will happen. You will pray, be disciplined and have a person who holds you accountable and there will STILL be something that does not go right or you do not get accomplished as you planned (trust me, no matter what, this happens in my Master’s program). Then what happens, you beat yourself up, say you cannot do it, you tried and give up on this whole thing.
Do your best and give it to the Lord. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31. If you can say that about yourself, that you have done it for the glory of the Lord, then take heart in that. Satan has come to steal and to kill and to destroy you (John 10:10), and he will do just that by giving you discouragement.
Pray, seek God’s face in His Word every day, be discipline in all areas, find someone to keep you accountable in your life, and be content with the results, and this will be a fruitful year for you, your family and those around you, ALL for the glory of God. When we manage our time, we will draw closer to God and then draw others closer to Him, which is the ultimate end of this goal. Through using our time wisely, we can turn this world upside-down for the Christ!
I am tired of the mundane life and settling for less than what can be accomplished for God.