Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Time Management

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.”

Time is such a funny thing. Even with the best intentions, it can get away from us. Or we can choose to abuse, neglect or squander various opportunities as they present themselves. We rarely recognize time as being a precious commodity – a resource that needs to be valued and respected. Like money, we need to budget wisely, because there are only so many hours in a day.

Of course, there is a need for “me-time.” The question is just how much of that should I allow myself? And just how selfish is this “me-time?” Obviously, studying the Bible should be part of that schedule, but is there a point at which it stops being constructive? Now I must be honest, I occasionally struggle with squeezing this activity into my itinerary. But I do remember a time when I was determined to read through the entire Bible as quickly as possible, but I soon realized that it should not be done to the extent of neglecting my responsibilities!

“Everything in moderation,” was one of my mom’s favorite mottos, which is very useful and has stuck with me. I just need to remind myself of this. Prioritizing is also a very helpful tool. But most importantly, I need to continuously ask God to help manage my time effectively; since every second, does in fact, belong to Him.