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August 21, 2014

Targeting Time, Part 1

 Make the best use of your time ….”    

Ephesians 5:16a (PH) 

While multi-tasking has become popular, studies have shown that multi-taskers are really suckers for irrelevancy. Imagine a pilot or surgeon multi-tasking for a minute! How would you feel paying a consultant and while he is consulting you, he’s texting and checking on his fantasy football team or shuffling through papers for his next client? The secret to a fulfilled life is focus not multi-tasking. God wants us to be on target with our time because our time represents our lives. Whatever you spend your time on, you’re giving your life to; and when your schedule gets crowded, your priorities get clouded. Bottom line: waste your time – waste your life. So, how do you target your time? Here’s some helpful counsel from the Bible:

“Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 Ph)

If I’m going to target my time, making the best use of it, I must firmly grasp what I know to be the will of God. I’ve been giving this more thought as I grow older, and I want to share some insights I’m gleaning from God’s Word that have helped me to make better use of the limited time I have and target it more effectively. For the next few days I want to share some questions that have helped my focus, and I pray these will encourage you as well:

First: Is it worth my life? This is the principle of priority. It comes from the first part of this passage in Ephesians 5:15, “Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life, but as those who do.” As Christ followers we understand the meaning and purpose of life and are to live our lives with a due sense of responsibility to share that with those who have never experienced Christ and His love for them. To those without Christ, Jesus asked, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37 NKJV) This is the real question at the heart of time management. What are you giving in exchange for your life? This is a question worth some thought and prayer before we look at the next one.