“Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

With the change of the clock fast approaching us, (spring ahead one hour next Saturday night!) I want to spend a little time, pardon the pun, on being productive. When it comes to life, we all have things on a list that need to be accomplished. Over the years I’ve noticed and learned certain qualities about productive people. They boil down to the following 3 general principles:

1. They’re protective of their time. They don’t waste their time and they don’t let others waste their time. They tend to ask themselves, “Is this the best thing I can be doing at this moment?”

2. They know how to say to no. Productive people spend most of their time doing things that take them in the direction of their goals. They know how to make the distinction between a good use of their time and the best use of their time. Productive people know that their time and strength and resources are limited. You can’t do everything that everyone else wants you to do; you can only do what God has called you to do. It’s important to know how to say, “no.”

3. They limit the number of projects they pursue. I’ve never met a truly successful person who was spread too thin. They tend to dig deep, not wide. Productive people invest more of their time in fewer projects. The result is that they get more done.

Some people I’ve known who were supposedly good with managing time were, in fact, abrupt and impatient, always with the impression that you’re imposing. It doesn’t have to be that way. That’s hardly the impression we want to give as servants of the Most High God. Effective time management doesn’t mean that you’re always in a hurry. It means that you’re always focused on doing what matters. This includes, sometimes, just hanging out with your kids and doing nothing. It includes, sometimes, swapping stories with co-workers and employees. It includes, sometimes, sitting in a park and just thinking about what’s happening in your life.

William Penn said, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” Using time well is a lifelong pursuit, a never-ending process of weeding and pruning.

Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

May your use of today bring God glory and lead you closer to Him.

Just Something To Ponder…Pastor Steve

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Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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