I recalled recently a trip my wife and I took with our granddaughter. We went to a butterfly exhibit at our local zoo.
Believe me, I went to please the girls.
As I watched the butterflies flutter. I could not help but notice how free they appeared.
Aside from my granddaughter trying to catch one—against all park rules I may add—the activity in the netted area was feverish.
The lady next to us asked the zoo attendant about all of the frenzied activity. As I expected, the zoo attendant replied that they were aware of the people but also because their life expectancy was so short they did everything in frenzied short bursts.
Hence, the material was handed right to me for this piece!
The Resource of Time
You see the life expectancy of a Monarch Butterfly is between six to eight months (source: http://learnaboutnature.com/monarchsbutterflies/). It goes from caterpillar, to butterfly, to mate, and then to parent before it dies. All in six to eight months!
That may not seem like breaking news to you, but when you consider how limited the resource of time is and how much we try to cram in a limited amount of it, you might want to pay attention.
Each one of us has been given an allotted amount of time. We call it “life”, but in reality it’s time.
Time starts to deplete the moment we enter into the world.
At the risk of sounding morbid “we were born to die” (I’d like to see some of you preach on that).
The minute we are born the clock starts counting down the time allotted. If you are white haired like me you’ll agree that it goes by real fast. I know I have the waistline and the thinning hair to prove it.
All kidding aside, what if God wanted us to really be intentional about how we account for our valued time?
The Formula for using time
What if there was some formula for assuring that our time was spent on the most important people and things?
Psalm 90:12 offers us some advice in the use of our time: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” or Psalm 39:4 “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is”
Again, not being morbid.
This is not about predicting our expiration date, but rather about organizing your time and setting the right priorities concerning time and energy.
Whether you are a
- senior leader in a corporation,
- a senior pastor of a church,
- a senior in college,
- or if you are a mother trying to find time to sit down in the midst of school,
- soccer and housework;
you are accountable for the use of your time. Your effectiveness depends on it.
3 Tools That will help you manage your time
Let me share with you three truths (tools) that have helped me juggle all my responsibilities:
- The calendar is your friend:Use your calendar to list all daily activities. Color code the ‘Have To’s’. Make sure you determine what’s urgent and what can wait. Have someone you trust help you plan out a calendar.
- Prioritize your Priorities:Our lives have often been determined by the different roles we have. Parent, Spouse, Employee, Employer, Son, Daughter and did I mention ‘Servant of The Most High’. All of these roles demand time from us.Understanding that you cannot give 100% to each one of these at the same time (well except the servant role) is critical.I like to use the “fulcrum rule”*. Like the fulcrum of a see-saw I shift all my attention to what needs to be done. My family should not compete with my church duties and my church role will not interfere with my role as a husband or parent. I have intentionally assigned them each a space on the calendar. You must honor your calendar.
*Fulcrum Rule was created by Wayne Cordeiro
- You must have “You” time:Learn the value of “fun”! Yes that’s right FUN, FUN, and FUN! If you don’t feel replenished and full of joy, guess what, everyone around you is going to feel it too. So, make sure that your calendar has specific times reserved for yourself.Whatever brings you joy and recreation should be planned into the schedule. Try it! Your family, church and co-workers will thank you for it.
The Rolling Stones sang “Time Is on My Side | Yes it is”.
No words are further from the truth.
Decide today that you are going to take responsibility for the moments our Gracious God gives us.
Thank you Pastor Andy for another great thought. If you’d like to learn more about time management I’d like to encourage you to sign up for the webinar below “How to get more done while avoiding burnout”
Also scroll down to the comment section and let me some of your time management tricks and suggestions.