C. S. Lewis says, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”
David in Psalms 39:4,5 says: “You have made my days a mere hand breath, the span of my years is as nothing before you.”
Apostle James reminds us that we are a mist that appear for a little time and then vanish.
Moses prays in Psalms 90:12: “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Indeed, our time on earth is fleeting tough infinitely small when compared to eternity. Hence God expects us to make the best use of our allotted time as we sojourn in this world.
DEFINITION OF TIME FINANCING
It is the process of planning and organizing how to divide your time between specific activities for the purpose of increasing effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity.
WHY DO WE NEED TO MANAGE OUR TIME?
Life is brief:
Benjamin Franklin says, “Do not squander time, for life is made up of time.”
We must understand that life is brief, and one time given opportunity.
Jesus calls the rich man a fool in Luke 12:16 – 21 because he spoke as if he would live forever. Always remember life is brief.
We cannot save time, We either use it or lose it:
A.W. Tozer has described time as a resource that is nonrenewable and nontransferable, it cannot be conserved or preserved. Hence this is a call to use the time wisely.
Our times are uncertain:
Task assigned should be completed efficiently in the allotted time because time ahead is uncertain. We do not know what happens tomorrow. Hence, we ought to be responsible for the present allotted time.
We are accountable for our time:
Paul reminds us in Ephesians 5:15,16: – to use our time effectively and wisely. We also know that Jesus Christ has promised to reward each one according to his deeds. We need to give an account of the allotted time each one of us had as sojourners in this world.
PRIORITIES WHILE TIME FINANCING
A time for prayer and quiet time:
Remember time spent with God and for God is never in vein. God is the author of time and He deserves the best.
Time for ourselves and for our loved ones:
Time is the best gift for us and for our loved ones. It helps us in strengthening our family bonds, encouraging each other, sharing one another’s burden and also acts as a medium for stress relief.
Time for rest:
Take enough rest to get yourself boosted and better equipped.
Excessive work can make us grumpy, unhappy and workaholic which in turn reduces our efficiency.
The best example to follow is Jesus himself. He took time alone in prayer and communication with the father, He took rest and told His disciples to take rest too.
KEY FOR TIME PLANNING
Ephesians 5:16 reminds us to be wise people. We need to be responsible and take charge of our time in the best effective way to yield the maximum productivity.
Seek God’s guidance:
Remember we are God’s stewards; He is in control of the time allotted to each one of us. It is necessary to seek the Lord’s guidance as we begin each day. It is God who can best guide us and equip us to use our time effectively at work, home, to use our talents, at our relationships and also to be a witness for Christ at any given circumstances.
Plan your schedule:
This involves setting goals, planning the Time schedule, and setting deadlines.
Organize your time for maximum efficiency:
Use the most productive time of your day for the most important task.
Remember, for your quiet time alone with the Lord select the time you can best concentrate. It may be the early hours of the day or at bedtime.
Our God is a God of orderliness. Keep things in order to avoid wasting time.
Eliminate the unimportant:
It helps us to focus on the important tasks and avoid wasting time on the unimportant.
Review your day:
Ask questions like- How did I spend my day? Did I complete what I planned? Where did I waste time?
Make necessary changes:
To be more effective and efficient.
Always stay committed in the pursuit of your goals, make adjustments, learn from your mistake, go ahead with fresh enthusiasm and courage. The abundant grace of God will always lead us.