A steward is a man who manages or takes care of another’s property.
But let your “Yes,” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment. (James 5:12b)
How do you recognize when your plate is getting too full of things to do?
Recently, most of our church congregation completed an excellent seven week course titled “Managing Our Finances God’s Way.” While going through that work book, I realized many godly principles that apply to money also apply to time. For example, God expects us to be a good steward of both our time and money. Debt, whether it be in our finances or time, is very bad.
At 12:52 PM on June 14, I received an email reply from a good friend in response to my devotional the day before. He said “This subject has been on my heart the last couple of days – “redeeming the time.” Great minds think alike. I know I waist too much time. Pray for me to be very conscience and to do better.” I prayed for him, but not myself.
Well it didn’t take long for God to show me I had a log in my own eye. Yesterday evening I drove to Life Christian University at 7 PM to pick up my cap and gown for the graduation service today. Unfortunately, I completely forgot about my mandatory group ACT (Accelerated Coach Training) teleclass at 8:30 PM and missed that. For me this was a clear sign that my day (and week) was too busy and I had mismanaged my time.
The Holy Spirit quickly went to work reminding me about other ways I have been a poor steward with my time. I was reminded how people can easily be offended when we are late, even just a few minutes. I was reminded to be very careful about what and to whom I say “Yes” and to be willing to say “No” much more often.
Heavenly Father, help me to be a good steward with my time. Forgive me for the times I have wasted my time. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for the accountability that the people in the ACT course offer. Teach me to know when to say “No.” Show me how to use what I’ve learned from my recent mistake to bless someone else. Thank You Jesus. Amen.
Link of the Day
Being A Faithful Steward [www.middletownbiblechurch.org/spiritua/spirit12.htm]
Blessings to manage your time God’s way!
Joseph Peck, M.D.
The Time Doctor
Author, I Was Busy, Now I’m Not
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