At the beginning of every new year, we all hope to have 8,760 hours given to us. You can’t subtract hours or add them: there is no guarantee that you will get them all. That means that how you manage those hours is extremely important. The goal for how you manage the hours you are given in life is to use them in a way that honors the God that gave them to you.
To honor God with the hours and days you have been given is to manage them according to the right priorities. Priorities that reflect God’s plans and purposes for your life. When you use the time you have been given according to the plans and purposes of God, you can be certain you are managing your time correctly. In Ephesians 5:15 & 16, Paul says this about our time: “Be very careful then how you live, not as unwise but as wise. making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
As you consider Paul’s encouragement, there are a few principles we need to grasp in order to manage our time according to the right priorities.
First, be decisive! Paul says to be “careful” about how you live. Being careful is the exact opposite of being careless. When you are careful with your life, it means you live a decisive life. When you are careless, you don’t even think about where you are headed in life. In other words when you are careful about your life, you know where you are going. Always remember, if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
Second, be determined! Paul tells us to be “wise” about our lives. Being wise means to determine where you want your time to go. Being unwise would mean not caring where your time goes. Always remember that if you don’t tell your time where you want it to go, someone else will. Even Jesus told His time where He wanted it to go. The Bible says in Mark 1:35 that Jesus got up early and went to a desolate place in order to pray. Jesus was being very proactive in the way He used his time. That is a perfect example of being wise with your time.
Finally, be disciplined! When someone is disciplined with their time they can “make the most of every opportunity.” When people lack discipline, they miss opportunities in their lives. God wants you to live a disciplined life so that you make the most of every opportunity He gives you. God wants you to know what to say “yes” to, and what to say “no” to. That requires discipline.
When you live a decisive, determined, and disciplined life, you are well on your way to managing your life in a way that honors God. Honoring God with your resources is what a disciple does. A disciple is a manager.
Impact Ministries exists to help you grow as a manager. If we can help you in that process, please contact us for more information at impactdisciples.com.