After a cursory look at the speed with which each day passes, someone said, “Time flies.” And as if to buttress this, one of the greatest thinkers in history once advised, “Know the true value of time, snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination and never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
Although many believers beat their chest in confidence that they have gained mastery over sin and the world, they, however, cannot do so over taking charge of that “tyrant” called time. Many have had to miss great job, career or marriage opportunities because they did not recognise the value and urgency of time. Many souls have gone to hell because· believers who were supposed to preach to them procrastinated.
King Solomon observed that “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1). Time is the most essential resource given to mankind by the mighty God. What we make out of life depends on how judiciously (or otherwise) we use it. The more effectively e manage it, the more quickly we reach our life’s goals.
Time and tide, we are told, waits for no one. But hat really constitutes TIME and what is WASTE? The opportunities that come in life, the privileges, the choices Id the decisions we make or not make when and how Institute time. The delays and the neglect of God glorifying productivity in all these constitute waste.
Whereas many people erroneously think there is an abundance of time to waste, a few, however, have learnt lat time is fleeting. Commenting on the shortness of time, Paul the apostle told the Corinthians, “But this I say, brethren, the time is short … “ (1 Corinthians 7:29). He also urged the Ephesians Christians to redeem the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians. 5: 16).
Nowadays, owing to the explosion in knowledge, occasioned by technological advancement, most parents strive to ensure their children are sent off to school even at their tender ages. Everybody seems to be getting more conscious of the shortness of time. The cliché ‘Time waits for nobody’ has become more meaningful than before. Those who put-off opportunities to acquire higher education and vocational training have
now discovered they really shot themselves in the foot as they can no longer withstand the stiff competition in the labour market. There was a time when they could have gone to school or learn a trade but they continued to procrastinate until it became too late. Today, they have no profitable means of livelihood.
As a dutiful believer, you must understand that you must put all your energy to work. Do not fritter away your time with gossip, backbiting, laziness and meddlesomeness. Engage yourself in profitable ventures. Refuse to be lazy wasting away the hours meant for productive activities. See time as God’s gift, and seize. your opportunities to live diligently for Him. Laziness in one is more dangerous E1 than a prowling lion. The less you do, the less you want or to do, and the more useless you become. To overcome in time wastage therefore, take a few small steps toward in change. Plan yourtime each day on:
Home keeping, Secular work or business, Service of God, Refreshment, Essential visitation, Exercise, Fellowship, Study of the word of God and personal prayer, Entertaining visitors, Relaxation and rest.
Someone expounded the above list this way:
Take time to pray (purposeful, focused prayer); it is e the greatest power on earth. If you don’t pray you’ll become a prey to the devil.
Take time to think (pure, positive and edifying S thoughts); it is the source of power. 2. Take time to read (helpful publications); it is the foundation of wisdom and knowledge. Your mind will not develop if you don’t read.
Take time to play (profitable play); it is the secret of staying young and healthy.
Take time to be quiet (especially when there’s no point talking); it is an opportunity to hear from God, look inwards, and help others. The will of God is that we be quiet and do our business (1 Thessalonians 4: 11).
Take time to laugh (without undue frivolousness); it is the music to the soul.
Take time to love and be loved (Love is reciprocal); it I is God’s greatest gift. Love your spouse, children, I neighbors and colleagues. It is the desire of God for you I (Titus 2:4-5).
Take time to be friendly (with both friends and foes); I it leads to happiness. “Show a little bit of love and , kindness, never go a long with hatred’s blindness; take a little time to reach for joy and wear a happy face; sing a little bit when the days are dreary, give a little help to a friend who’s weary. That’s the way to make the world a happy place.
Take time to dream (positive, realistic dreams); it is what the future is made of. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29: 18).
Principles on time Management No matter how many skills you have, there will always be more to do than you can ever accomplish with the time you have available to you. To be an achiever, therefore, you must be mindful of the way you deal with the never-ending river of responsibilities that flows around you each day.
An achiever is the one who can stop doing some things and start spending more time on the few activities that can really make a difference in his or her life.
Effective and purposeful living involves a plan, organization and good management of one’s resources, c1uding time. Many people are faced with a lot of ,decision, overwork, frustration and guilt of not being Bible to fulfill their responsibilities because of inability to manage their time. To manage your time therefore, here are 20 principles you can apply:
Have a good and workable plan for your life. Remember that planning is bringing the future into the present to make you do something about it now. Your plan can be broken into 4 stages: I. Master list (what you intend to achieve in life)
Culled from Christian Women Mirror.