Think about your daily schedule. How much time do you spend in school, activities, with your family and friends, or even time alone?
The way we spend our time is important, and God actually commands we use our time wisely.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
It's easy to get sucked into a time warp when we are doing things we want to do, that are fun or take us away from the realities of this life. However, on the other hand, when we find ourselves at events and places we really don't want to be, time can seem to draaaaag on.
That's why I love to use the acronym below for TIME. It helps to focus on how my time is being used. It allows me to become more consciously aware, putting an effort to use my time wisely. It basically puts things in perspective, because when we use our time wisely, it allows us to not waste the time we're given. And we begin to capture and treasure the moments we do have.
So, what does it stand for?
T- Talk with God. This should be most of your time. Throughout your day speak to Him, share your heart. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God.)
I- Interact with others. Our next big chunk of time should be devoted to serving and loving others. That could be listening to a teacher at school or obeying your parents at home. It could be spending time with friends and family. But we were made to commune with one another and we should be spending time with others to build each other up and hold us accountable in this life. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor, if one falls down, one can help the other up.)
M - Me time. We all need alone time. Time to just rest and relax. That means without all the distractions, such as tv or cell phones. This time is used to completely unplug. We live in a busy and stressful world. We are constantly inundated with information. Being alone may feel awkward at first, but it is essential. (Read Psalms 62:5 and Psalms 46:10 this week in your alone time).
E - Everything else. The least amount of time should be spend on those things that don't grow us spiritually or academically. The book of Proverbs speaks so much about the way we should live our lives to honor and glorify God. Read through a few of the Proverbs below and let God touch your heart in areas you need to spend your time more wisely.
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
Proverbs 12:11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
How are you spending your time? Write your daily schedule down and maybe see where you spend most of your time. Can you add more time for God?
***Summer Bible Series will start nest week over the Book of Proverbs. YAY!
More information will be shared next Monday! SOOOO excited- hope you are too!!