by Gina Burgess
If you really want great time management. Before you get out of bed, give the day to the Lord and ask Him to manage your time for you. Sounds too simple to be true, right? There are a few things that must come first for God to really manage your time. One is that you have to believe God, believe that He is who He says He is and that He really can do what He says He can do. Then there are a few other things that need to line up as well.
I wrote this outline and taught it at a women’s conference several years ago. It took me many years to understand how and why it was crucial for me to have God manage my time rather than me trying to do it.
I. Obedience to the Lord comes first.
A. What does God require us to do?
- Spend time with Him. How can you be friends with Him if you don’t know Him? Putting Him first makes everything else fall into place.
- Take everything to Him in prayer. He created the universe and all that is in it—yet His greatest desire is to possess your heart.
B. What else does God require His children to do?
- Be trustworthy and faithful.
He has freely given us all the Fruit of the Spirit. It is our privilege to use the fruit* and to freely give each aspect of it not just to our family and friends, but to everyone.
- God is always first. Spouse comes second, then children, then church, friends, neighbors. This is the hierarchy that God established biblically.
a. Submission does not mean inferior or subordinate.
b. Submission literally means agreeing without rancor.
C. Obeying God in the small matters leads to great blessings.
- Often God requires obedience in things that seem insignificant or irrational. A ship cannot have two captains. A Christian cannot have two masters. Being a slave to Him actually means great freedom because He takes our obedience and moves mountains!
- Obedience allows Him to demonstrate His power. He is still in the business of miracles.
- Obeying Him brings a better understanding of Him and ourselves.
- Obedience in the small matters brings dramatic changes in our lives thus lives of our families are changed.
- He wants us to remember disobedience affects everyone, and grieves Him.
D. Nothing is worth missing what God has planned for you!
II. Heart attitude determines mind attitude.
A. Ministering to the needs of family promotes love in the home.
- Trim away the fat of self.
- Put to death the earthly desires (ongoing process for sure!)
B. Physical activity promotes good health and sense of well being.
1. Working with hands keeps the body out of trouble.
2. Sense of well being defeats depression.
C. Thinking things through and bringing them to God promotes success.
1. Worry over nothing, bring everything to God in prayer.
2. Making provisions for the future eliminates worry about the future.
3. Decide what the worst case could be:
a. decide what could be done if worst case happens
b. if nothing can be done about worst case—why worry about it?
c. if you can do something about worst case, then do it—only if it happens!
d. after deciding what to do about worst case—forget about the thing and move on!
III. Have a PLAN! Chickens only flail about because they don’t have a HEAD.
A. Recognize if you have procrastination tendencies.
1. Think about why you delay a duty or chore then address the reason.
a. Is it too overwhelming? Cut it into several steps.
b. Do you dread the chore? Give yourself a reward after it’s done. (I have to peddle my exer-cycle before I can have coffee in the morning.)
2. Know that procrastination makes deeper piles for tomorrow.
B. Write down what needs to be done then:
a. Assign each task a priority using 1 as most important.
b. Assign each #1 priority task a letter using A as most important.
c. Assign each task an amount of time to spend on it.
d. Do not go over your time set. This is so hard to do. If you absolutely need to spend more time on the project, then go back to your list and readjust your time limits for other things on the list.
e. Line of each thing as it is finished.
C. Understand that emotional burnout is not exclusive to business executives or delegated to the workplace. Emotional burnout begins at home and within your heart.
- It is characterized by:
Negative feelings towards others and self
Reduced sense of personal accomplishment
The most common symptoms of burnout are:
Escapist and/or self-isolating behaviors
Excessive eating or drinking
(From “Keeping the “Spark” Alive: How to avoid Executive Burnout” by Susan Battley, PsyD)
2. On the other hand, the blessings and rewards we receive from Refreshment in the Lord and our obedience to Him are:
Faithfulness / Fidelity
This is the Fruit of the Spirit. This is are our gift freely given by God, but we can only rejoice in the fruit, be enveloped by the benefits and exhibit it if we obey God and follow Jesus’ teachings.
Matthew 6:31What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. 32 People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. The Message
[*Editor’s note: If you would like to study the fruits, you can click here to find all the links to the study.]