Thursday, March 29, 2012

Balancing Life Series: How Will You Spend It?

Today is the last installment of the Balancing Life Series. I have really enjoyed writing about life,  prioritiestime,  and how God is not limited by any of it
Personal Calendaring
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I had an ah-ha moment last week as I was taking the Priority Challenge. I wrote down how I spent every thirty minute block of time and realized that it was so much like tracking my food/calorie intake. I was not aware of how much time I was giving to this or that until I actually wrote it down. 

Surprising. Enlightening. Humbling.

I wasn't aware that I spent 1 - 3 hours in the car every day. Wow. And though I can't change the fact that I live 13 minutes away from Ryan's school and 12 minutes away from my office the other direction, I desire to make better use of that time. If I with my kids, I want to use that precious time to check in with them or chat about their day. Seems like I am normally checked out or even scolding them for being late or unfocused.

I didn't realize that even though I start my day with God and my cup of coffee, reading my devotional and Scripture, I rarely have any other "devoted" time to spend with the Lord. And I am in ministry! I talk to Him throughout the day, but if I ever have extra time, it is usually spent watching TV, reading, or on social media. (Just being real.)

So, does my reality line up with my priorities? Let's just say I want to be a better steward of the gift of time that God has given me. Not to be legalistic or follow some rule book, but to honor God. And just like I try to make good choices about food, I want to make good choices regarding my time. 

My devotional today in Sarah Young's Jesus Calling says this, "When something comes to your attention, ask Me whether or not it is part of today's agenda. If it isn't, release it into My care and go on about today's duties. When you follow this practice, there will be a beautiful simplicity about your life..."

It has been said that time is the one asset of which we all have the same amount. The difference is how we spend it.

There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth... Ecclesiastes 3:1

How will you spend your time? Remember God is not bound by time and He knows what is best for you. Ask Him...He will give you direction. If this series has been encouraging or helpful to you in any way, I would love to hear! Please comment below or if you are reading by email, click here.

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1 comment:

DizzyLizzy said...

This is great, Kelli! I am challenged to take a closer look at my time and priorities... as I sit here at my computer. :) But I also think it is interesting, that while we all have the same amount of "time" in a day, we don't really know how much "time" each of us has. We might have years, months, or days left, and none of us really know, so we should be even more mindful of our daily usage. I'm saying this to myself first. :) Getting off the computer now!