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Time Management

Time Management

In today's world, we are all busy. In this busyness, we tend not to want to add anything else to our plates. During these last few weeks, my schedule has been super busy, starting before 7 am and finishing anywhere between 10:30 pm and 2:30 am. On one of those days, I had an extra appointment added to my schedule and thought: this is going to turn an 11 pm end time into a 1 am end time. I was selfishly thinking I must listen to my brothers in Christ and learn how to say "no". That is hard for me to do. The meeting started with the customer saying my email had made an impact on him. The part that impacted him was under my signature: "May God have His hand on you". What a blessing and encouragement! Then, as suspected, my day ended at 1 am. On my way home I came across a man who needed a jump for his car. I have one of the battery jumpers in my van. So, I was able to give the guy a jump and, more importantly, I was able to share the gospel and pray for the guy.

If I would have used my thinking, I would have missed out on receiving the blessing of encouragement and being able to share the gospel. In Ephesians 5:15-17: So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.  Now we must be wise in our usage of time. Most of the time we think by saying no to something is being wise. How many blessing s or opportunities do we miss because we are selfish? God has given us all gifts and talents. These are to be used to glorify His kingdom and to serve others in the way Jesus served.

Romans 12:1-8

I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

       For by the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.  For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ[c] and individually parts of one another.  Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them:[d] if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;  if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching;  if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others,[e] with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Paul talks about offering our bodies as a living sacrifice. This sacrifice can sometimes be doing something you don't want to because you're too busy. We do need to say no. Then sometimes we need to sacrifice and see who(m) God puts in front of us. Paul also talks about one body with many parts and gifts that differ, and for us to exercise them. God has given us gifts that can be used to reach people that others cannot.

What I have learned over the past few weeks:

  • No matter how busy I am, look for the opportunities God puts before me.
  • Use the gifts God has given me and don't worry about the other gifts, as God has someone for that.
  • Sometimes I need to sacrifice and my sacrifice is nothing compared to what Jesus sacrificed for me.
  • I learned about time management and that when doing work to glorify God, He makes time so you can get the rest of the stuff done.

My encouragement to you is to use your gifts and, while doing so, look at who(m) God is putting in front of you.

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Time Management

Time Management

In today's world, we are all busy. In this busyness, we tend not to want to add anything else to our plates. During these last few weeks, my schedule has been super busy, starting before 7 am and finishing anywhere between 10:30 pm and 2:30 am. On one of those days, I had an extra appointment added to my schedule and thought: this is going to turn an 11 pm end time into a 1 am end time. I was selfishly thinking I must listen to my brothers in Christ and learn how to say "no". That is hard for me to do. The meeting started with the customer saying my email had made an impact on him. The part that impacted him was under my signature: "May God have His hand on you". What a blessing and encouragement! Then, as suspected, my day ended at 1 am. On my way home I came across a man who needed a jump for his car. I have one of the battery jumpers in my van. So, I was able to give the guy a jump and, more importantly, I was able to share the gospel and pray for the guy.

If I would have used my thinking, I would have missed out on receiving the blessing of encouragement and being able to share the gospel. In Ephesians 5:15-17: So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.  Now we must be wise in our usage of time. Most of the time we think by saying no to something is being wise. How many blessing s or opportunities do we miss because we are selfish? God has given us all gifts and talents. These are to be used to glorify His kingdom and to serve others in the way Jesus served.

Romans 12:1-8

I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

       For by the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned.  For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ[c] and individually parts of one another.  Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them:[d] if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;  if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching;  if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others,[e] with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Paul talks about offering our bodies as a living sacrifice. This sacrifice can sometimes be doing something you don't want to because you're too busy. We do need to say no. Then sometimes we need to sacrifice and see who(m) God puts in front of us. Paul also talks about one body with many parts and gifts that differ, and for us to exercise them. God has given us gifts that can be used to reach people that others cannot.

What I have learned over the past few weeks:

  • No matter how busy I am, look for the opportunities God puts before me.
  • Use the gifts God has given me and don't worry about the other gifts, as God has someone for that.
  • Sometimes I need to sacrifice and my sacrifice is nothing compared to what Jesus sacrificed for me.
  • I learned about time management and that when doing work to glorify God, He makes time so you can get the rest of the stuff done.

My encouragement to you is to use your gifts and, while doing so, look at who(m) God is putting in front of you.

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