Monday, April 22nd,
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people who make the best use of their time..." (Ephesians 5:15,16 Berkeley)
Other translations say "seize every
opportunity", "buy up the time", redeeming the time" and etc. In a rushed
society it seems we never have enough time. Of course, we have as much as is
necessary when understanding that much of the supposedly necessary is not all
that necessary. This week I am back from Dallas, to east Missouri for a
meeting, then back to San Antonio and into Mexico, all by car, two short nights
at home en route. Let's see...in between I have to mow the yard, change the oil,
visit the grandkids, pick up the dry cleaning, duplicate CDs, call pastors, go
through two week's of mail, mostly charge card offers, drive a couple thousand
miles, oh, and write these mini-messages...scratch sleep! I love it though. So if
I can't write as personally to you this week as normal it is because I'm
meeting myself coming and going. But then, so are you.
So what do you do when you don't
have enough time? One, make the main thing the main thing. We can miss
the main thing worrying about the menial thing. Mary "chose that good part".
She worshiped while Martha worked. Both ministries were necessary, but worship
took precedence at that time. Paul said, "this one thing I do". Get too many
irons in the fire and none of them get hot. We are to remain "hot". By
over-booking we often are overlooking the details that count. Two, the
plan is to start with a plan. We may not end on the plan be we should at
least begin with one. "No wind favors the man without a destined port". God has
a long-range plan for our lives but it is nearly impossible to arrive at
the long-range destiny if we don't make little steps toward it every day.
Three, do the first things first. It is good to make a "to do" list each
morning but watch for the tendency to do all the easy tasks first even though
they aren't listed as priority. Paul said, "first of all...supplications,
prayers, intercessions..." (1 Timothy 2:1) Jesus said, "first be reconciled to
your brother..." (Matthew 5:24) Four, delegate or else dilapidate. As our
text says, "wise people...make the best use of their time..." You don't place a
million-dollar race horse in a petting zoo to walk kids around in a circle.
Someone else can cut out coupons. Someone else can sharpen pencils and pick up
paper clips. Your job is production, not perfection. Hours are wasted in making
everything perfect when everyone knows we aren't perfect. Strive for excellence
but don't get caught up overworking the program.
Five, be sure to tell those you love that
you love them. We don't have forever together. And remember that no one on
Nine-Eleven phoned their accountant or lawyer. They all phoned home. That
is just like the husky football players who catch a minute of camera-time. They
don't say, "Hi daycare center!" They say, "Hi Mom!" Sometimes the cell phone
has no signal. Sometimes loved ones are out of reach. In that case you say a
little prayer and think happy thoughts. But when you have the chance you
have to take the chance. Not enough time? We all have some time and some
time is enough time and is the right time. So a big "I love you!" to parents,
family, friends, classmates, work associates and all. Now, if you will excuse
me...I must pack.