How We Manage Our Time
“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” John Wooden
One of the greatest spiritual disciplines that we all must learn is that of stewardship. We hear that word a lot and most times we assume it means how we manage our money. Stewardship is more than just money. Webster defines stewardship as “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.”
Time is one of those areas that God has entrusted us with to be good stewards over. Each day that we live on this earth God has provided us 86,400 seconds in which for us to be good stewards with. The Bible has a lot to say about time and how we should use it and view it. Below are a few of the things the Bible tells us about time:
Time is Short - “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:14
Time is Highly Valued By God - “Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.” Romans 14:12
Time Cannot Be Regained - “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” John 9:4
Time is Passing - “And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” 1 John 2:17
Time Defeats Evil - “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Time is Uncertain - Don’t brag about tomorrow since you don’t know what the day will bring.” Proverbs 27:1
I turned 55 this year and as I look back I am amazed at just how fast life has gone for me. It seems like only yesterday that my children were babies and now they are grown. James 4:14 is right when it says that life is like a vapor or a fog that appears for a short time and then disappears.
My heart’s desire is that I would learn to be a good steward with my time. I want to embrace each day that God gives me with a passion to serve Him and know Him. I also want to be a good steward of the time that God has given me to be with my family so that they might know how much I love and cherish them. I also want to be a good steward of the time that God gives me to shepherd the students of Metrolina Christian Academy.
How are we managing the time that God has given each of us? Are we using the time we have to bring God glory? Are we prioritizing our time with God so that we might grow closer to Him? What kind of stewards are we with our time when it comes to our families?
These are all questions we need to stop and ask ourselves on a regular basis.
I pray we will all begin to practice good stewardship of the time God has given each of us.