Are you a go-getter, someone who can blaze through a task list like nobody’s business? Or do you find that, no matter your efforts, you can’t seem to make a dent in your daily chores? The secret here may not be about your abilities, but your time management. Remember, each moment we have is a gift from God, and we’re accountable to Him for how we use it. This skill of wise time investment is crucial if we’re to fulfill His divine plan for us. But don’t worry, you’re not required to fill every second of your day with strict routines – balance is the key.
Be a creator of your day, not just a responder. Those who react to the day’s demands might miss God’s unique plan for their lives. The Lord, in His wisdom, has a tailor-made purpose for each of us, and He has positioned us perfectly to fulfill these divine goals. Imagine finishing your journey on earth like Apostle Paul, able to proclaim, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
In Ephesians, Paul imparts priceless advice regarding time management: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:15-17). The call to be ‘careful’ here involves serious consideration and reflection on our daily actions. Are we investing our time in His plans, or following our own agendas?
What does a balanced life look like? It’s about living with purpose and productivity, not simply following a rigid schedule. Let’s examine Jesus, the ultimate model of balance, to see how He invested His time.
- Communing with the Father: Mark 1:35 reveals that Jesus, despite being God’s Son, began His day in quiet prayer. As His followers, we must prioritize our own relationship with God and seek His guidance.
- Building relationships: Jesus dedicated His time to developing deep, meaningful relationships. We must also make time for those around us, prioritizing people over tasks.
- Working: Work, while important, should never become an idol. As Colossians 3:23 instructs, we should work diligently, but always for the Lord, not men.
- Worshiping: Though some argue they can be Christians without attending church, communal worship brings unique blessings—joy, instruction, encouragement, and fellowship.
- Relaxing: While the Bible may not specifically describe Jesus laughing or joking, His attractiveness to children suggests His approachability and joyfulness. Proverbs 17:22 reminds us that “a joyful heart is a good medicine.”
Remember, managing time wisely won’t happen by accident. It needs careful evaluation of priorities, a willingness to follow God’s lead, and regular check-ins to stay on the right path.
Firstly, assess your real commitments. Our actions, not our desires, reveal our true priorities. Secondly, seek the Lord’s guidance for your unique schedule and long-term goals. Finally, ask for His help to remain focused. A balanced schedule doesn’t confine us, it sets us free to become who God wants us to be, accomplishing His divine plan. In doing so, we find the most rewarding and fulfilling way to spend our time.