Art and Eternity

How To Gain Control Of Your Time

I have a True Confession to make. I know you’ll be shocked, shocked that I share this preoccupation with you. Wait…here it is:

What time is it? How much time did _________ take? How much longer until ______? Can I cram this task into the five minutes before my next appointment?  That took longer than I thought!  I can’t do that, I’m too busy. ???????????????????????????????????????

I’m working on that obsession. I’ve stopped saying “I don’t have time.”  If I’m honest with myself, it’s a lie.

I have all the time I need to live my life. To believe anything else is a lie.

It’s a hard truth, isn’t it?

The issue isn’t time, it’s our choices in using it.  If I “don’t have time” for __________, I am spending my time doing something else that is a higher priority. Those priorities may be unwelcome, such as with trying circumstances, or maybe I’m obligated through commitments, but I’ve still made choices.  If I proclaim I don’t have time, I’m making something else responsible for my decisions.

Of course, there are exceptions. People fighting terminal illness face limited time, at least on earth.

The rest of us need to be honest.  I don’t see Jesus proclaiming how busy He was or talking about needing to “make time.” He ordered his life around one priority: doing the Father’s work.

So as I celebrate the passage of time into this New Year, my goal is to choose priorities in the light of eternity’s timelessness

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6 thoughts on “How To Gain Control Of Your Time

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  2. Hi Nancy, I have crusty edges, too! It’s always a balancing act, isn’t it? I think I have my priorities set, then they change the next day. I think we have to be open to God and His leading and be honest with our own desires. The day I get it all figured out, will be the day I leave this earth!

  3. Lora, I truly respect your decision to choose priorities in light of eternity’s timelessness. I love the way you stated that and I’m going to try to keep that in mind in 2015. I so often have the nagging feeling that I’m not doing enough quickly enough, and tend to measure my day by how much I got done. Being retired, as I am, puts a new slant on it, though. When you are working every day, as you are, it’s much harder to get around to those things you most love to do. I am always torn by my own opposing desires: to become a recluse and just write, read and sew in a cabin somewhere, or to be more involved in my community and contribute more of my time and effort in that direction. Actually, I do a little of each while trying to remain open to whatever the day brings. To me, if I can’t stop whatever I’m doing to make my loved ones welcome, cook a good meal for them and visit, then I’m not keeping my priorities straight. So I have to confess my crusty edges and give myself a little talking to once in a while.

  4. Yes, Debbie, I thought of “a time and season” as I wrote. Seeking the Spirit’s timing is everything! And JoAnn, appreciate your honesty. Thanks to you both for commenting.

  5. Great post! The key is seeking the timing of the Holy Spirit. Ecclesiastes has beautiful guidance as there truly is a time for every purpose under heaven. The problem is we want everything now.

  6. Thank you for your call to honesty. I need to be shaken up and challenged to re-think my excuses for not doing (whatever). My new “New Year’s Thought”: I do indeed have time.
    New Year’s blessings to you.

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