For the spring 2015 semester, Campus Christian Fellowship is doing a series on healthy habits according to God. This week’s topic was “Healthy Habits in Time Management.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5: 15, 16 (ESV)
Stewardship – Not Just a Lord of the Rings Thing
Beginning in the Garden of Eden, God has called humans to be stewards (or caretakers) of whatever we have because everything belongs to God and is merely entrusted to us temporarily. Furthermore, Jesus taught that our good stewardship brings God joy. We are responsible to use what we have – whatever resources God gives us – to help and serve others.
Margin is the space between our to-do lists (load) and the time constraints (limits). In graphic design, there is “white space” and art has “negative space,” which is the space around and between the image or images that are the focal point. Similarly, we need margin around the main priorities in our schedules. Creating that space always involves saying “no” to some things, maybe even good things, that are not our priorities.
Have you noticed that Jesus never seemed in a hurry? Time-related urgency was absent from His life. Creating margin is one of the best ways to allow Christ-like spontaneity and “interruptibility” into our lives. Margin blunts hurry and allows us to focus on divine appointments God sends our way.
Questions to Consider
What are the biggest areas where you waste your time?
What activities can you delegate or eliminate?
That role, if any, does prayer have in managing your time?
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- People search for meaning in their lives.
- Common places people look for answers to life questions: Google, friends, family, their own feelings.
- God’s Word is perfect and powerful
- The Bible is more than a poetry collection or a history book or science text.
- You can’t find basketball rules in a volleyball handbook! (And you cannot find answers to life questions in the wrong places.)
- We do not like what it says
- We do not understand it
- Laziness – We want to just go by our gut feelings
- It takes too long to get an response
- Pride – We do not want to admit we do not know everything
Random, “you-had-to-be-there” quote of the night:(After turning to 2 Peter 3:16)“Hey, there’s a C.S. Lewis quote in here!”
- When one key belief changes, it calls for a re-evaluation of other beliefs.
- Brandon likes to stir up controversy.
- Christmas break is a long time to be away from your friends!