Make the Most of Time - Part 2

Friday, 11 November 2011 09:54

10 ways to make the most of your time:

1. THINK: Get your thinking right with regard to time. Get a Biblical understanding of time. Understand that all time has been given to you by God as a gift and you are a steward of the time that has been given to you. There will also be a time when time, as you know it, will end. Until then, we should also say that this is living in the now to make an eternal impact.

2.  REST: It’s amazing how we think, in this productive age, that rest is a waste of time. Get this – rest is not procrastination or necessarily a show of laziness, but rest is essential to living a productive life. Many people in today’s world are working out of work and not rest. So many conversations I have with people highlight that people are rushed and harassed rather than being rested. In Genesis 1 we observe God’s creation order for rest and work. It reads that “it was evening and it was morning the first day.” We work from rest, not rest from work. The day starts with rest and not ends with rest. When we don’t get this order other areas of life are impacted. Many people don’t rest well and so they struggle with things like a profitable and regular time spent with God. Rest!

3.  PLAN: Plan your day. Plan your day ahead of the day. A lot of this starts the previous day when you decide how you will start your day. So many people think that time with God just happens – it must be planned! An unplanned day will usually end up with the frustration of not accomplishing all that you could have accomplished.

4.  FLEXIBLE: Remain flexible with your planning. The Bible says that our planning should always have the attitude, “If it is the Lord’s will” (James 4:15). Often the things that seem like rude interruptions to our peaceful lives are actually God opportunities that will test our faith in God. We need to embrace those as people convinced of a Sovereign God.

5.  AVOID: Avoid things that will rob you of making the most of your time. Avoid procrastination. Many of us could write books on creative procrastination. How many remember times when they opened Solitaire on their computer and an hour later, and with much frustration, realised that they have wasted an hour. Acknowledge the things that rob you of valuable God-given time and look at ways to change that.

6.  GOD. Don’t miss your daily times with God. Putting God’s Word into your head and heart at the beginning of each day leaves a deposit that will help you throughout each day. Starting your day with God by giving Him the best part of your day will demonstrate practically that God is first in every part of your day and you take that into the day.

7.  TRAVEL. Use time wisely – even travel time. Today most people could spend a couple of hours commuting to work and back. Look at ways to use time in travel in a way that will beneficial. Pray, memorise Scripture, or listen to a message that will help you to remain Christ-centred throughout your day.

8.  GUARD. Proverbs 4:23 says that we are to guard your hearts. Guard your mind i.e. guard what you allow to occupy your thoughts. Philippians 4:8 says, “whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” There are certain things that we should be very deliberate about bringing into our minds and certain things that we need to keep away because of their destructive nature.

9.  EMBRACE: See every moment as a Gospel opportunity. This does not mean we become preachy people, but it does mean that if we get the opportunity to preach the Gospel we will take it.

10.  PRAY. As you go through your day, pray. 1 Thessalonians tells us to “pray without ceasing.” Prayer keep’s God and His purposes central in our lives, it keeps us dependent upon God and prayer will keep us alert to the opportunities that arise for us to embrace.

Why highlight time?  Hebrews 3:13 says, “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” We do this because we want to Christians living wholeheartedly for the Saviour, hating sin, loving righteousness and keeping eternity in view.

Are you going to embrace time and make the most of it - today?