Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Week 9: DeStress our Time

Time is one of those tricky ones. It is something that we cannot pay for, sell or get back. Its not one of those things we have alot of control over, except in terms of how we manage it.

Considering that stress happens when we are lacking in the necessary resources we need to accomplish something we feel needs done, the lack of time can be a big stressor!

We need to consider how we use our time, just as much as how we use our bodies, our minds or anything else. We need to consider where each moment is going, and how much of it is not being used properly.

Now, "properly" doesnt mean that we cant take moments to refresh our bodies, spirits and relationships. It doesnt mean that we cannot take time to giggle with girlfriends, or have a nice chat with your mom where you talk about nothing of consequence. It doesnt rule out naps, a cuddle time with the hubby in front of a chick flick, or scrapbooking.

But, remember that in all things "...whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. " Colossians 3:23

There are lots of things in our days that are filled with things and moments spent that couldnt qualify as "in the name of the Lord Jesus". Right?

You may not know for sure. Being aware is the first step in getting that resource properly managed. Its being aware of where your time is going, where it needs to go, where its being misused, where its being overspent ..its about knowing and being aware.

Knowing what your priorities are, is a huge part of being able to manage your time well. What is it that is important to you? What should be? What things need to be considered when trying to weed unnessessary time-wasters out of the picture? Who needs to be considered?

So, write them down. Write down your priorities. See them in black and white. Refresh them, change them, focus on them and know them. When you are faced with things that could use your time, do they fit in with what is important to you?

Also, consider if there are good things that you are doing, to the detriment of better things. Scrapbooking is great, but does the husband need some attention more than that page needs doing? The internet is awesome, but do the kids need more attention than facebook does?

If you need wisdom regarding where your time needs to go, "ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without condemnation" James 1:5. But just a warning ..if you ask God to show you where you need to change your schedule to better suite his plans for your life, he may ask you to give up things you dont want to :)

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