by Les Heinze
Recently, I said to our pastoral staff that this summer has seemed so incredibly busy with weddings, funerals, retreats, meetings, trips, counseling and follow-up that I have only ridden my Harley one time! The summer is supposed to be a little slower-paced. What am I doing wrong? Why don’t I have more “free time?” Which brought to my mind an article I had come across earlier titled, “If You Are 35, You Only Have 500 Days To Live.” (The article really bothered me because I am well over 35!) The article contends that when you subtract the time you spend sleeping, working, grooming, eating, traveling, and participating in other time-stealers, you have only 500 days to spend as you wish if you live another 36 years! That is a scary and probably discouraging thought, isn’t it?
This illustration underscores a truth. If you are going to be effective with your life, you must learn to manage your time. Time management is really self-management. Ecclesiastes 8:6 says, “There is a time and procedure for everything, which produces great stress upon a man.” The problem is not the clock or calendar but our use of what we have. To get angry at the clock is like getting angry at the bathroom scales; both are simply a means of measurement. All of us, who are conscientious and responsible, have asked, “How do I balance all that I have to do at work, at home, and in my Christian walk?” I have developed a new understanding and appreciation for Ephesians 5:15-17, which speaks to us about the essence of our time. I believe this passage becomes even more relevant as we see the candles multiply on our birthday cakes and as we think about all we would like to do. I am challenged by this passage to develop three consistent habits. Read more about Time Is of the Essence!