How to get control of your time and your life

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Some may consider me a time management freak. You know what? I am. Since the mid-seventies I have read lots of books on time management and rigorously tried to practice the principles those time gurus espoused: Set priorities. Make a daily “to do” list. Eliminate distractions. Touch your mail just once. Basic stuff like that. One of the best resources I found was in 1977: How To Get Control Of Your Time And Your Life, by Alan Lakein.

How to get control of your time and your life

But, today at a Chamber of Commerce/Buy Local meeting I found out that I didn’t know (or practice) even half of what I thought I had learned about time management. Bethanne Kronick, nationally recognized productivity strategist, (www.simplifynw.com), presented a refreshing approach to effective time management in this new age of e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and smart phones. She helped me sharpen my dulled time management tools, showed me some new great stuff, and inspired me to re-focus on using my time wisely. Thanks, Bethanne!

Let me tell you why time management is so important. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:16 to “redeem the time.” That is, to rescue quality time from being wasted. Moses prayed, “Teach us number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) I believe that when Jesus told the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, He was teaching us that we should use our time wisely to bring a good return on His investment in us. The Lord holds us accountable for the resources He loans us to bring Him the profit He deserves. He called the servant who didn’t invest his talents, “lazy” (v. 26). Today, time is more valuable than money.

How we spend our time reveals what we really believe about our Master. The lazy, wicked servant had the misconception that his master was “a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid….” (v. 24) What about it? Do we think Jesus is unfair to expect us to produce a good return on His investment of the days He has given us? Better rethink that. Someday the Lord Jesus Christ will look at the calendars of our lives and reward us for how we used our time to please Him. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) Do you see why I am so concerned about time management?

So, time management is really choice management (thanks Bethanne for that). What choices will we make with how we spend our time? Take control of your life by saying “no” to stuff that is not eternally important and urgent and say “yes” to using your God-given talents to serve Him—now.

Need some help with time/choice management? Let me help you. I think I have some time-proven principles and tips that you can learn and apply. Let me know if you’d like me to teach a brief seminar on how to get control of your time and life and I’ll put it together. I’ve got some more time on my hands now after today’s class.

For His glory,
Pastor Mike