If you want to be a good Christian, citizen, role model to your children, or just respect the people and family around you, this topic should be important to you. For a Christian, stewardship should be the overflow of our relationship to God. In this post, I want to discuss the time management aspect of stewardship.
If you have ever looked at your day and have wondered where the time went, you are not alone. It seems most people find themselves in one of two extremes during their days: over-packed schedules, full of activity or laziness (which usually means spending time on the couch watching television or playing video games). However, to have a well-balanced life we need to make the most of every day which means balancing activity with relaxation. This can be a very difficult task for some people. It can be hard for some people to overcome their drive to fill every possible minute with activity, and it can also be very hard for some people to overcome their laziness.
For those of you have trouble slowing you schedule down, consider this:
- Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God…”
- Jesus often spent time alone with God. Luke 5:16
- You need time every day to renew your mind and physical strength.
- Prioritize your activities for the day and make relaxation time a priority!
- Don’t sweat it if you cannot accomplish everything you think you should be able to, it is okay to be flexible!
(I know this can be hard for those of you who have young children, but in order to give your children what they need, you must have a fresh mind and good energy.)
For those of you who have trouble with laziness, consider the woman of noble character:
- “She gets up before dawn and prepares breakfast for her household. And prepares the days work for her servant girls. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise and she gives instruction with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing with laziness.” Proverbs 31:10 ff
- Make a list of things that need to be accomplished everyday, and stick to it. Be sure to include time to exercise and to spend alone in prayer, meditation or reading.
- Get dressed from head to toe every morning. This puts us in the right frame of mind to get things done.
- Make your bed in the mornings.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced breakfast to give you energy for the day.
- Consider working out in the mornings. (Exercise can stimulate production of the hormone epinephrine which can cause us to be more alert, but don‘t over-exercise so that you are too sore and tired to accomplish your daily activities)
Everyone needs to spend time strengthening their relationships with family and friends. (Make sure your family members and friends are encouraging, healthy people.) Not only do we need to time to renew our minds and bodies, we must keep our relationships strong with our families and friends. This means we must spend time communicating, playing and laughing together. I listed communicating first, because it is the key action needed in maintaining our relationships.
Remember that we only get so many hours and so many days to spend with the people we love and care about. How do you want to spend that time? Wasting it away doing nothing? Or being so busy that you run around from one activity to the next without a moment to breathe? Or spending quality time with your family and friends, time renewing your own mind, but still accomplishing the tasks that NEED to be accomplished?