Do you ever get overwhelmed with juggling everything in your life? Maybe it is just me, but I find myself bombarded with my "to-do list" frequently!!! There is prayer/devotion time, family time, church, full-time work, school, homework, household chores/repairs, errands, laundry, PTA, soccer, basketball, wrestling, boy scouts, prayer group, youth group outings, meetings, birthday parties, social engagements, running the full-time mom shuttle service, and the list goes ON and ON and ON! It really makes me cringe to look at it on paper …… especially seeing how that is not the half of it!
I’m not sure how it happens? I have a “get it done” kind of personality. My human nature is somewhat of a perfectionist, and I have a hard time saying no in many situations! I have the best of intentions, but I often get overextended. Every once in a while, I begin to simplify my life and attempt to “capture my time”. It's kind of like spring cleaning. I have to declutter my life and make sure my priorities are in line with God's word.
There are a few things I've learned about time:
We must put our priorities in order, and they should line up with God's word. We must ask ourselves if God takes first place in our life or is He just getting the left overs?! Putting Him first begins with completely giving our hearts to Him. When we learn to make Him our top priority, He will in turn help us prioritize other areas of our lives.
To be a good steward of time, we must have a plan. Improper planning and thinking robs our time. I once heard a saying many years ago, "The difference between a dream and a goal, is a PLAN". So I encourage you to seek the Lord about the plans He has for your life. What gift has He given you? What plan can you put in place to share it? Remember, time is a gift. We cannot get back time or redo it!
Take time to evaluate your plan. Sometimes we have to stop for a temperature check and ask important questions. Am I sticking to the plan? Do I need to make changes or reprioritize? Have I added things to my schedule that are making life too hectic? What changes do I need to make? Does this plan line up with God's will for my life?
Each day is a new day. We all make mistakes and have times that we get overwhelmed or discouraged. It's important to remember that there will always be bumps in road. The good news is that we get a fresh start each day. So, at the end of each day, take time to stop and reflect. Ask God each day to reveal to you what things are robbing your time and to help you become a better steward of your time.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~ "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace."
My goal for 2013 is to "capture my time". I've asked God to fill my life with more of Him and less of me so that I can shine His light everywhere He takes me. I pray you too can "capture your time" and seek God to become a good steward of your time!
What is one thing you can stop doing in an effort to capture time?
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