“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
These are Paul’s words to believers. He wanted the followers of Christ to take advantage of every opportunity to do good and to make Christ known. Another translation says to “make every minute count.”
How can we make the most of the time we have? Here are five ways to use your time for God.
First, develop a plan. Most plans work. The problem is not developing a plan and not carrying through with the plan.
Developing a plan means to take a serious look at what you are doing. Many people say “that won’t work” too quickly. Look at your processes to see how you make your time more effective.
Second, set goals. Determine to do the things that really matter.
Dwight Eisenhower was one of the most influential men in history. He led the allied forces in WWII and later became president of the United States. He famously talked about decision making by understanding the connection between urgent and important. If something is important and urgent it should be done. He noted that urgent tasks are seldom important and important tasks are seldom urgent. Learning what to do and when to do it makes all the difference in what we get accomplished.
Third, break large jobs into small pieces. This keeps us from being overwhelmed with our tasks.
For example, we need to take the gospel to all the world. The enormity of that task can be quite overwhelming. I can’t reach the whole world, but I can help my neighbor hear the message of Christ.
Fourth, deal with today. If you dwell on the past, you probably won’t accomplish much, and worrying about the future will rob you of today. Stay in the present and do what you can do today.
Finally, give your day to God. Let Him be the Lord of your day. This is the most important aspect of making the most of your time. Letting God have our day and letting Him be in control will make all the difference.
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