Time management is a topic that is very familiar to most, however like many things that we are conversant with, we assume we are doing it well but if we were to be honest with ourselves we would quickly come to the realization that we are drowning in the usual time wasting habits that have become second nature to us.
I don’t want to bore you with the long list of 18 general tips for time management I learned in class this week; but something that stood out for me in class as Dr. Lawless was teaching on time management, is how to turn my calendar in to a prayer tool! Rather than just looking at my calendar items as a list of task to accomplish, I was challenged to start looking at them as prayer items. And God knows my prayer life needs a boost!
Every evening before you retire to bed, look over your calendar for how your day will be the next day. Pray over each item. Pray over the meetings you will attend, pray for those who will preside over the meetings, pray for the people you will meet by name and ask God to make your time with them a life changing encounter. If the meetings you will be part of are difficult meetings, pray for the Grace of God over you and the people involved etc.
Every meeting and every person we come into contact with is an opportunity for encouragement, sharing the Gospel, learning, teaching etc. I pray that I/we will use the limited time that God has given me/us on earth wisely in ways that will bring Him glory and spread His fame throughout the world as I/we come into contact with different people each day.
At the end of the day as you get ready to sleep look back at what you were able to accomplish that day and thank God first of all for the tasks that you were able to accomplish; and also for all the opportunities that He gave you to be a light and salt to everyone you came into contact with and finally confess and ask for His strength in the areas that you did not use your time wisely.
A simple but profound lesson for me this week that will change the way I look at my calendar items for many years to come. I pray that it is a blessing to you as you read it as well.