Apr. 14, 2016

What To Do About Time - Conclusion

So what do we do with time? How are we to successfully navigate through this life and not become overwhelmed? For the majority of our lives it may seem that there is not enough time to complete all of the tasks of daily living. It seems that the responsibilities require more time and attention than we have available to devote to them all. Here are a few practical suggestions.

1. Don't attempt to do everything at once. If you are interested in taking night classes at the local community college, water exercises in the afternoon and attending bird watching hikes in the morning, it may not be a good idea to do them all at once. Try doing one for three or four months then lay it aside while you pick up a different activity.

One of the enemy's tactics is to create a false sense of urgency. Take your time and allow the Spirit of God to direct your activities.

2. Don't be a martyr. If you don't have the time to devote to a project that someone invites you to be a part of, politely decline. If they continue to press you, don't cave. Remain pleasant but firm in your decision. Over committing causes fatigue and leads to resentment.

3. Give God the best of you. Meet with Him regularly and when you are the freshest and most alert. Recognize and acknowledge that time is a gift from God. He doesn't owe us any time at all. But in His divine plan, He has given each one of us a measure of time to use and enjoy.

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

4. Respect time and the One who gave it. Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

We are to walk in the wisdom of God. We are to live or walk carefully, wisely, accurately and appropriately. We are to live in a manner that honors God. Redeeming the time is to use it wisely. Don't waste time or ignore opportunities to maximize the moment. The Bible warns that the days are evil. In this day there are more and more things designed to waste time. Use time for godly, worthwhile purposes.

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

When there is opportunity to share Christ with others, if we have walked wisely, we can utilize the open door and show them the way. But if we have not walked or lived upright before them, they may not be receptive to the gospel message.

5. Don't depend on time. Depend on God. He is our Source. Time may fool you into thinking there is more of it than there really is. Luke 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

6. Don't seek to delay time.If there is something that you need to do, do it. Don't let it pass by, thinking you will do it the next time. That same advantage may not be presented again. We live in uncertain times. We don't know how long the window of opportunity will be open. Don't reason away the Spirit's unction and replace Him with human logic. Trust God.

7. Don't fear time. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Fear is an ungodly spirit whose purpose is to restrict, paralyze, worry and confuse. We do not need to be afraid of time or the seeming lack of it. God has given us all the time we need to accomplish His purposes on the earth. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in all of your endeavors and time will be your friend.