It has been said that death is the great equalizer. I think time is the great equalizer.
We all get the same amount of time: 24/7/365. No one gets more hours in a day than anyone else, regardless of their circumstances. It all comes down to what we do with the time we have been given. It all comes down to time management.
Time management has been a buzz word in the workplace for decades now.
Some people have made millions from developing structured time management strategies; packaging them, selling them in seminars and workshops filled with people who are willing to spend their time in a workshop about how to spend their time.
Time Management Options
Option #1: Implement a time management method into your life. Pick one of the following-or another you may have heard of (there are plenty to choose from):
- The Stephen R. Covey Method: A,B, C prioritizing and goal setting.
- The Pareto Principle: 80/20 prioritizing to increase productivity, which was parleyed into the best selling “4-Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris.
- The Eisenhower Method: Urgent/Not Urgent-Important/Not Important quadrant categorization. (said to be used by our president of the same name)
- The POSEC Method: Prioritize, Organize, Streamline, Economize, Contribute.
I’m not advocating for or against any of these methods, but just thinking about having to implement something like one of these programs makes me feel like I now have one more thing to do. Can you relate?
Option #2: Hire someone to manage your time for you.
Some people hire personal assistants (don’t I wish), who manage their time for them; making and prioritizing their schedules for them, planning out their long-term and short term goals so that everything is accomplished on schedule and in good form.
Although this sounds good in theory, just the thought of someone else telling me what to do every hour of everyday doesn’t sit well with me. Besides, I hardly have time for the extensive interview process it would take to find the right person.
Option #3: Use technology/programs to manage your time.
This is a very viable option these days. There are all kinds of apps and software available to schedule and manage your tasks. Notifications and reminders that buzz and beep and email and text you to let you know your late for an appointment.
Wonderful! As if I wasn’t already stressed enough, now my phone is beeping at me and I can get to fast enough since I don’t know which pocket of my purse I stuck it in this time.
Option #4: Do nothing to manage your time.
I don’t even know if there are people like this that still exist, but if you are out there: you scare me.
Option #5: Choose the better way. Sit at the feet of Jesus first.
In Luke chapter 10:38-42, we get a glimpse into the very organized house of Martha of Bethany. Take a sec and jump over to this link: http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Luk&c=10&t=NLT#s=983038 and read through the account there. You’ll be glad you did.
This is Martha’s calling: to efficiently run this household she shares with her brother, Lazarus and her sister, Mary. I can relate to Martha, and until about 10 years ago, I was just as upset with Mary as Martha was. I thought Mary was being selfish and lazy; leaving Martha to do all the work. But Martha is the one who gets corrected by Jesus. Martha is corrected because she put the “doing” for Jesus before the “being” with Jesus.
With all of the details and things that Martha had to do in order to throw this dinner party for Jesus and his disciples, Jesus plainly tells her that there is only one thing worth being concerned about, and that is sitting at his feet. Listening to Him speak. Hearing His words. Spending time with Him.
This is how we put first things first. This is how we choose the better way.
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I know, you may be saying: “But I don’t have time to do that. I’d love to, but I going 100 miles an hour from the time I get up until I collapse in bed at night. ”
As a fellow working woman of faith, I can relate. There’s our calling in the workplace; there’s the calling of household management, relationships with spouses, and children and parents; and there is truly only so many hours in the day.
Yet, by taking the time to start the day by sitting at God’s feet, reading his word, and talking with Him, you will find that everything else falls into place.
Take your day and the to-do lists, and the calendars, and the concerns; and place them into the capable, hands of our Almighty God.
It is an act of trust and surrender.
It is realizing and vocalizing your dependence upon God for the things that need to be accomplished. By doing so, your vision will be clear. Your priorities will come into focus and you will transition from “doing” into “being”.
God will guide:
- your day
- your tasks
- your time.
You will find yourself:
- more efficient
- more at peace
- more purposeful.
Spending time at the feet of Jesus in the beginning of the day will not take away the tasks that need to be accomplished, but it will take away the burden and concern not having enough time.
Implement whatever practical time management tools you need to to stay organized: whether through a method, an app, a calendar, a planner, or a whiteboard.
But start at the feet of Jesus.
“Sitting at the feet of Jesus, Oh, what words I hear Him say!
Happy place! so near, so precious! May it find me there each day;
Sitting at the feet of Jesus, I would look upon the past;
For His love has been so gracious, It has won my heart at last.
Sitting at the feet of Jesus,
Where can mortal be more blest?
There I lay my sins and sorrows,
And, when weary, find sweet rest;
Sitting at the feet of Jesus, There I love to weep and pray;
While I from His fullness gather grace and comfort every day.”