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God has bestowed upon us the precious resource of time. We have twenty-four hours in every day. Seven days in each week. Each of these moments is valuable to God. How are we spending that precious gift of time? Do you use your time wisely and spending your moments on things that truly matter to Him and to His promise of eternity?
Do You Use Your Time Wisely – Giving Our Tithe of Time to God First
It is only when we are willing to give God the best moments and hours of our day that we can truly experience an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father. Unfortunately, many of us give God only what is left over after we have wasted our time on earthly things.
We can get so bogged down with our daily chores like laundry, making dinner, driving kids to sports, our jobs, our ministry.
We may feel we have difficulty making sure we have time for God or Bible study!
But one thing we have to do is really look at is whether we have SO much going on in our lives and that we run out of time for Him. We really need to ask ourselves, “do you use your time wisely?” and whether your focus on is REALLY for YOU or is it for God.
Here are some ways you can tell whether a task or activity truly has eternal value or not:
- It causes you to draw closer to God or learn more about Him.
- It builds meaningful relationships with people God has placed in your life.
- It helps you bless or encourage others and assists you in sharing the love of Christ with them.
- It helps you become better equipped for the things God has called you to do.
- It leaves you peacefully refreshed instead of frustrated or distracted.
- It bears “good fruit” instead of “bad fruit” in your life (see Galatians 5:19-26).
Just like journaling the food you eat when you are trying to lose weight or tracking your expenses for budgeting, it may help to keep track of how you spend your time and examine if each of these activities serves God’s purpose for you or your earthly desires.
After you prayerfully examine how you are spending your time, consider where you can make changes. You may wish to incorporate some of my best time management tips below.
My Top Time Management Tips
1. Don’t be a slave to your inbox. Check emails three or less times per day (say 9am, 1pm and 5pm)
2. Alternatively, you can keep lists by priority: High priority – must get this done today. Medium priority – must get this done this week or Low priority – get this done this month. Tackle your lists when you are at your peak – for me it is early morning.
3. Are you using your time in ways that are pleasing to God? Ask Him to shine a light on any areas that do not reflect His will for you.
Do you struggle with being unproductive? Check out this post on the bread of idleness for tips on rocking your to-do list!
I’m praying for you!
Because of Him,