As modern lives get more complicated, we seen to have a harder time in setting priorities and in juggling the way we spend our time. Our priorities seem to be out of balance. Modern “Time Management” seminars do not seem to have the answers we are craving for. Where do find wisdom and balance for our weary souls? The answers lie in the words of Jesus himself. He said, “ I do nothing on my own, but speak just what the Father has taught me…I always do what pleases Him (John 6:38; 8:28-29).”
Another issue is that of stewardship. How we spend our time and money depends on who is in control of our lives. We have to make wise decisions guided by the Lord himself. He will let us know what is important in our lives, so that we do not waste time in what is not. According to Hummel (1994), Jesus’ prayerful waiting for the Father’s instruction freed him from the tyranny of the urgent. Are we seeking His wisdom? Only He can free us from the tyranny of the urgent!
As we go through life, it is our priorities that lead us in making decisions. It is not how much we do, but what takes first priority. Hummel (1994) stated that we live in constant tension between the urgent and the important. We have a struggle with time and the things we need to do. It is a struggle that weighs heavy on us mortals.
In God’s word there are many words of wisdom that give us the secret to time management, if only we would seek his counsel. From Genesis to Revelation, the Word God is full of nuggets to make our lives more meaningful and practical. Also, God’s Words of wisdom set us free from the frustrations of complicated lives. Jesus’ priorities were straight and wise. He sought wisdom from His Father, who is the source of all wisdom. As we seek His counsel, He will give us instructions on how to apply time management wisely.
According to Hummel (1994), it is in prayer, that we find the secret to setting our priorities. It is in submitting our wills to the Father that we find rest for our weary souls.This all comes down to stewardship. When we understand that we are nothing without the Lord, and we own nothing of this world; it is then that we find peace. Hummel (1994) said, “The issue is not simply lack of time, but the choice I make.” As we find out where our time is leaking, and how to use it wisely, we will find peace. Fulfillment comes as a result. Finally, as we remain consistent in our search for God’s wisdom in budgeting our time, we will find that richness of life that we so crave for.