Before cell phones, almost everyone wore wrist watches. When someone forgot theirs, they would ask, "What time do you have?". The last I knew, one day is equal to twenty-four hours, while seven days equals a week. The way people talk, you would think one could buy time because they don't have enough time. Have you ever heard the songs "Time in a Bottle" and "Eight Days a Week"? How about "Cat's in the Cradle"? But then we could save time by making time. Yet we waste time and spend time. Has the number of hours to a day and days to a week changed?
We seem to have a problem with how we handle our time. Clients and gym members have told me often, they don't have the time to do everything they should do. People I encounter who don't exercise say they don' have time. The problem isn't not having enough time, it's making wise use of our time.
So, what time do you have? The answer is really plenty. I address this issue in an earlier post, "Spiritual Disciplines: Simplicity". We need to simplify our lives to do the important things. The writer of Ecclesiastes 3, King Solomon, tells us that there are valuable things for our time. Reading through the passage, 3 things connected to time stand out: our relationship with God, our relationship with people, and our work. I noticed another thing, self-discipline. We must discipline ourselves to do what is appropriate at the proper time. God does indeed bless us for doing what is right when the time is right. He rewards our good works and we can celebrate as it is a gift of God (Ecc. 3:13). As Christians, we have an eternal view of our time; whereas, the non-Christian does not have that same hope. If we set our priorities straight, we will be blessed abundantly more than we can imagine!
How we set priorities on our times tells a lot about what is important to us. Matthew 6:19-21 tells us, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also". We need to figure out what is most important to us about how we spend our time. Quite often, God gets the short end of our time. Instead, He should be our first priority. The next is You, taking care of your basic needs so you can be there for other people. Then your hubby or wife needs your time and attention. Did you notice that work, children, and ministry don't get one of the top three slots? Children at home fill the fourth slot. Take a look at people whose priorities aren't set in this order. You will likely notice a life full of problems. Then the rest is up to you. How you choose to spend your time says a lot about what is important to you.
Here are some tips on making time with God, family, and yourself work in your schedule:
How we set our priorities and spend our time should never be wasted on those things that don't really matter. Your spiritual life, your health, and your family life will be much richer when you give them your time and attention.
May God bless you!