BEST OF BOTH WORLDS – Week 1 Devotion

This past weekend we started a new series called “The Best of Both Worlds”.  As we go through this series the goal is everyone can take something away from it.  Sermons can be life applicable to a Non-Christian, but also applicable to a Christian.  Bryan kicked this series off talking about time.  The importance of how we spend our time, plan our time, manage our time, give our time, waste our time, you get the picture.  

The ironic part of me writing this devotion all about proper time management and use of time is that I am currently 18 minutes late of the deadline to have this devotion done.  What an example of proper time management!  I’m not late writing this because I have been sitting around doing nothing.  I’ve actually been spending time doing equally important tasks, but nevertheless I’m late.  I’m late because for the past several weeks I have allowed myself zero margin.  What do you mean Eric?  I mean I have taken on more than I have time to complete.  There are literally not enough hours in the day for me to accomplish all I have needed to accomplish.

How many of you feel overwhelmed right now?  I know teachers, students, and parents are feeling this.  I know medical workers are feeling this.  Actually I know probably most of us are feeling this.  There is so much that needs done and just not enough time in the day to do it!  So what do we do?  Our responsibilities aren’t going anywhere, and there is always only going to be 24 hours in a day, and always only 7 days in a week.  We can’t pause time, nor can we slow it down, so what can we do?  Well if you will allow someone who is now 31 minutes late to share some ideas maybe we can figure out this time thing together.

  1. Have a plan for your day. 

As I think about my day today and how I got so off track it is very apparent I didn’t have a good plan.  I sort of had a loose idea of what I needed to do and accomplish today.  I knew I had a meeting at 10:15 am, and a lunch meeting at 12.  I knew I had 4 or 5 tasks that must be completed today, but I had no real plan on how or when I get those 4 or 5 things done.  I ended up getting side tracked and started cleaning out a church closet that had been bugging me which had nothing to do with my other tasks.  That’s part of the reason I am now 36 minutes late on this devotion.  It’s not enough for me to know what I need to accomplish each day, I need to have a plan to accomplish it.  I need to plan out my time to make sure I can get everything done. 

Proverbs 21:5, The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Mistake #1 for me today, I didn’t have a plan.

  • Don’t waste time

When we are feeling overwhelmed by a large amount of tasks and little time to complete them it’s easy to just say, “well if I can’t complete them all then there isn’t even a reason to try and complete any of them.”  Then we pull out our phones, get on social media, and next thing you know you’ve wasted an hour watching cooking recipe videos.  Sometimes we need to shut the office door, turn the phone off, and dial into what needs to happen to accomplish our plan for the day.

Ephesians 5:15-16, 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity…

Mistake #2 I wasted time on tasks that didn’t need completed today.  Also for those scoring at home I am now 52 minutes late.

  • Understand what’s important

We can plan all day long, and we can guard against wasting time, but most importantly we need to know what’s actually important.  Inconveniences are going to come up.  People are going to take up more time than you want them too.  Something inevitably is going to throw off your plan for the day.  Surely by now we are used to plans being ruined ha! Know what’s important.  The lunch I had today with a young adult before he heads off to college honestly was more important than getting this devotional done on time.  Getting this devo done was more important than the random room I decided to start cleaning out.  Sometimes stuff won’t happen on the timeline we think it should or others think it should, but remember from Bryan’s sermon how short that timeline actually is.  Our time on Earth is very short.  Our time in Heaven is eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Let us never forget that.  Let us never forget those “ones” we encounter daily need to understand that timeline.  So as Christians let’s do our best to make the most of our time here on Earth.  Let’s manage it well, let’s be proactive in creating a plan, let’s not waste time and opportunities, but let’s also create margin for opportunities that are put in our path.  Let’s understand the important things we should spend our time on. 

Hopefully this was worth your time even if I did send it in 1 hour and 9 minutes late.

Central Christian Church | Mount Vernon, Illinois