Time management does not exist. Yes, I know there are a lot of books, videos, and messages around the topic managing one’s time, but my point is that no matter what we do, we have the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else. Time cannot be controlled in any way. We cannot “save” time for tomorrow or “stop” time for the moments we enjoy. Our position, personality, power, and the people around us do not give us more minutes in a day. The President of the United States has the same number of hours in the day as the barista at your local coffee shop. Extra time cannot be bought, shared, or created. Stop trying to manage your time. Instead, focus on managing your life.
Think Life Management, Not Time Management
Tony Morgan once said, “You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward or you can spend it putting out fires. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.” You can’t control your future, but you can control your actions today. Why do we spend so much time worrying on things outside our control when we should be maximizing what we can control. Pastor Craig Groeschel offers three questions in his series Weird to ask yourself when considering life management decisions:
- Required – What must I do?
- Return – What am I good at?
- Reward – What do I enjoy?
If we want to become better managers of our life, then we have to stop doing important things occasionally and start doing important things daily. Choose what you do each day, or even if you must do it anyway. A change of mindset changes how you approach the tasks you face each day. For example, I always tell students to replace “have to” with “choose to.” Instead saying, “I have to do ______,” say, “I am choosing to do _______.” The task itself might not change, but I’m guessing your approach to the task will change as well as your tenacity to complete the task will increase as well.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Be Intentional With Your Time
Have you ever noticed that you’re never “accidentally” productive? Which of the two scenarios below do you hear more often?
- Oh man… I was just so overwhelmed and tired last night that I’m not exactly sure what happened, but I made a Kale smoothie and memorized the book of Ephesians!
- Oh man… I was just so overwhelmed and tired last night that I’m not exactly sure what happened, but I watched 10 episodes of Parenthood on Netflix and ate a whole bag of cookies.
Drifting is natural. Discipleship requires effort. We’re not called to drift as Christians. We’re called to go and make disciples. Love is intentional. Love is action. Love involves relationship. Love can be spelled T-I-M-E. How are you spending time with your kids? No relationship grows without invested intentional time with one another. Discipleship requires time. Discipleship does not happen in a daily, but disciples are made with wise daily choices. Let’s get intentional about the way we spend our time with God and the way we spend our time with our kids. The beauty about technology today is that even when we’re away from people, we can still be intentional in sending encouraging messages through text, phone call, or social media. Jesus was intentional with His time: He intentionally spent time alone with God, He intentionally spent time with His disciples, and He intentionally spent time with the crowds, showing love and compassion everywhere He went. Let’s follow His example and spend time wisely this week!
As always, I hope you found something in this post helpful. I love hearing from you, so please comment below or email with thoughts, comments, or feedback! Redeem your time today, and God bless!
High School Pastor
North Ridge Community Church