“Help us not to waste our time on useless viewing, which turns into useless living.”
This phrase has been on my mind recently. There are so many things that pull our minds in different directions this time of year. Over this past year, God has really been convicting me about what I spend my time on. It might not be something that is obviously sinful, but a lot of my time was spent on things that, honestly, didn’t matter.
Now, I’m not saying to stop doing the dishes because they’re just going to get dirty again, I’m talking about the hours spent scrolling through social media, or the hours spent watching pointless and often immoral t.v. shows. There is a time when relaxation is necessary and important, but what this relaxation looks like should be very different then what the world’s view of relaxation is. We, as Christian homemakers, must remember that even God on the seventh day rested.
We must be using our time for God’s glory and His purposes
“If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to him and ask him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.”
But using our time well is so much more than good time management. It is essential in our success as Christians. When we use our time well we have a much better chance of achieving the goals that God has set before us. For example when we have an eternal perspective, when we think about what is happening now in light of eternity and in light of what God desires, it then changes how we think. Our perspective and goals will shape how you use your time. If you don’t have any specific goals or are interested in this subject I really recommend the book “Success God’s Way” by Charles Stanley. I am going through this book right now and it has really changed how I live my life. For me when I have a specific set of goals and priorities it helps to keep my focus on the things that are vitally important.
So if you’re struggling with time management think about what your goals are for this life and how you can achieve them I recommend organizing your goals into six different types
- spiritual goals
- personal goals
- family goals
- vocational (job) goals
- social goals
- financial goals
I have found that this has really helped me to get a clear picture of where and who I want to be in the next 6 months, year, or the rest of my life. It wasn’t easy to write them down and it took a lot of prayers, but the clarity it has given me is incredibly beneficial.
So you might be asking by now about how to use your time wisely and I think that this is not something that you can do on your own strength. I know there are unbelievers out there that have this incredible inhuman motivation, but I know that this is not me. I am not a motivated person, but thankfully we have our all-powerful God who desires our good. His glory is in our actions. We see that He will give us the strength (or motivation) to do His will.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He give strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power…yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength…”1
Now I want to back up a little bit first before we go on. I am not an advocate for the health and wealth gospel, I believe that God never promises us an easy or carefree life. He does promise however that “…His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness…”2 So when our goals and actions line up with God would want for our lives we literally have exhaustible strength. When we are in line with God’s word and His will for our lives we have all the strength we could ever need. Praise the Lord!
When we are in tune with God’s will for our lives we can be confident that we are using our time well. That may look like a million different things to a million different people, but we can be confident in this life.
I pray that we all may be glorifying to our loving father…
Redeemed by the King
- Isaiah 40:28-31
- 2 Peter 1:3