I’m so happy to report that I’ve finally found my groove with taking control of my calendar instead of it controlling me! I’m actually using a planner the way it’s intended and feel like I’m maximizing my time.
Well…as much as a mom of three can when the laundry and dishes are in a constant revolving cycle.
One thing I’ve learned through finally getting a handle on my time is that I actually have more of it than I anticipated. But let me clarify this before those people who I work with start piling on more for me to do. In the past I have felt that I was just running from one “must get done task” to another, never really getting ahead and crossing things off the “things to do someday” list.
In this season where I’ve been evaluating my time differently, I’ve also asked myself two questions: what are you doing that you don’t realize your doing, which could be a time-waster; and what is the most valuable thing you spend your time on and why.
Today I want to focus on the second of those two questions and I want to ask you: what is the most valuable thing you spend your time on and why?
Most of us would say time with our spouses or kids, and neither of those is wrong. You might have a variety of answers, and I’m not here to criticize your answer. I’m here to tell you mine and explain what it triggered in me when I figured it out.
The most valuable way I spend my time is in the Word of God and in prayer.
If you know me, that answer probably doesn’t shock you. I’ve probably told you about my 5:45 alarm that goes off every weekday and sometimes on weekends. You’ve probably heard me talk about what book of the Bible I’m reading in or how I write out my prayers in a little notebook.
Stay with me, because the reason I’m telling you how I spend my most valuable time is because of what struck me like lightning after I answered the same question I asked you above.
“If that is the most valuable thing you spend your time on, is it truly impacting the way you live? And who are you telling?”
Friends, I know it was the Holy Spirit who whispered those words to me. Okay, like I said, it was more like lightning struck. But wow, what a wake-up call!
If I truly believe in the Gospel, in Jesus dying for me, and God loving me as John 3:16 (and the whole Bible) say He does, am I keeping it to myself?
Am I missing an opportunity to share what I think is the biggest, most life-changing revelation in all of history with someone who needs to hear it?
If I spend so my most valuable time seeking to know Him more, is it impacting my life and I am sharing it with others?
Because let’s be honest, if we find a product or a brand we love, we will tell everyone we know just how great it is. We will go on social media and hashtag, tweet and like everything we can about this product or brand.
So why aren’t we boldly declaring the Good News about the Saviour of the world to everyone who has ears?
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Maybe you already do a great job of sharing the message of the Gospel. Maybe you are rolling your eyes at me right now because I’m so late to the party.
But maybe, just maybe, you’re like me and needed this wake-up call not to keep the best news that has ever happened to the world hidden inside yourself.
Who will you share with today?