Managing Your Time The Trust God’s Plan for a Successful Lifestyle of Stewardship Ray of Hope Christian Church September 13, 2011 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17 • Redeem the time that we have been given. • Redeeming time requires skillful management of the limited fleeting moments entrusted to us. If you don’t manage time well, you won’t manage anything else well either. What does time mean to you? “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time. For that’s the stuff life is made of.” Sir Walter Raleigh There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to laugh and a time to cry. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Everything has its moment in time and every moment is important. Though eternity is timeless. The way we use time here is certain to effect how we spend eternity. Time is invaluable and indispensible. It is important that we value time and not waste it or take it for granted. Truly successful people are in charge of their time. Truly successful people are in charge of their time. One of the great secrets of success is learning to take each moment as it comes and investing it in the best way possible. The late Benjamin E. Mays was famous for saying! I’ve only just a minute Only 60 seconds in it. Forced upon me, can’t refuse it. Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it, But it’s up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it, Give account if I abuse it. Just a tiny little minute, But eternity is in it. -Benjamin E. Mays Life is Brief. •I Chronicles 29:15 •Job 7:6, 8:9, 9:25,14:2 •Psalms 39:5 •Psalms 90:5-6, 10,12 Life is Fleeting! St. Augustine of Hippo says, “Time never takes time off”. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach. “When you will say, I find no pleasure in them”. -Ecclesiastes 12:1 TIME IS SHORT! Life is not only brief; it is uncertain. Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring. Proverbs 27:1 James 4:13-16 Now listen, you who say, today or tomorrow, we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, if it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this and that! To succeed in life we must make wise use of our time. • Count each day because each day counts • Understand the value of a day, an hour, a minute, a second • Understand to whom time belongs Some of us are careful to guard “our” time, but time is really not ours. But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are My God”. My times are in your hands. Psalm 31:14-15 Time is a precious gift from our heavenly Father, who is the originator and owner of time. Our times and time is his. Time is to be redeemed! We have to make the most of our God given time! Ephesians 5:15-17 Be careful how you walk not as unwise men and women, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. The KJV says we are to walk “circumspectly” conducting ourselves “carefully” in the world. That word “circumspect” means to “look around, walk strictly, straightly, without stumbling”. The Greek word from which circumspect comes, carries the idea of “precise and accurate”. We must walk with exactness. Successful people never let an opportunity pass without taking advantage of it or at least checking it out! Time is packed with potential for immense good. Time Stealers are: 1. Laziness a. b. c. d. e. f. g. Proverbs 18:9 Proverbs 19:5 Proverbs 22:13 Proverbs 24:30-31 Ecclesiastes 10:18 II Thessalonians 3:11 Hebrews 6:12 Remind yourself that incredible opportunities are lost forever when you curl up on the couch and choose to do nothing with the precious time you have for too long. Time Stealers are: 2. Idleness Idleness is the devil’s workshop or playground. Ecclesiastes 10:18 The word idle means lacking worth or basis useless, not occupied or employed; not turned to appropriate use; inactive. Time Stealers are: 3. Procrastination-to put off until tomorrow what we should do today. Procrastination is the intrusive, nagging urge that prompts and pushes us to excuse ourselves from present responsibilities. The word of God says that some of the causes of procrastination are: a. Worldly entanglements-Genesis-19:16 b. Family cares-Luke-9:16 c. Unbelief-Acts-17:32 d. Personal Convenience-Acts 24:25 Fear is the root of procrastination! Procrastination hurts us in two ways: First, we waste valuable time and energy putting off what we should be doing. Second, we then have to use more time and energy making up for what should have already been done. “You may delay, but time will not.” Benjamin Franklin The Harvest is past, summer is ended, and we are not saved? Jeremiah 8:20 Have you ever missed something important because you procrastinated? Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried. Time Stealers are: 4. Distractions Time is the ballot that records your vote on what matters most in your life. Successful people focus on the significant. Philippians 3:12-14 As he approached Jerusalem, he set his face like flint. Luke 9:51 Make a decision to stay focused, decide the one thing that you will do and do it. Say “no” to attempts to distract you and derail you from your goals. The people who make the best use of their time have the most to spare. Those who make the worst use of their time are usually the ones who complain of never having enough time. 1. Pray and plan 2. Prioritize your day the night before. a. Each night write down the six most important things you should do the following day. b. List them in order of importance. c. The following morning, start doing whatever tops the list. 3. First things first-Take urgent issues right away. In order to be successful, we have to do the significant first. 4. Difficult things first5. Complete things first- Finish unfinished projects 6. To do list-Work from a to-do list with deadlines. Keep your deadlines. 7. Select and reject. Be courageous enough to say “yes” and “no” to demands on your time. 8. Do your homework. Find out what you know to succeed. 9. Delegate. Have others help you accomplish your mission. 10. Evaluate your day. At the end of each day, note how you did. Resolve to improve tomorrow.