Greetings New Life Nation!
The mere thought of time or the essence of time management causes some individuals to experience anxiety and apprehension. While the remaining populous experiences thoughts of preparation and planning. But, there is an age-old axiom that states, “People make time for what’s important to them or for what they want to do!” It’s been my experience as a member of the clergy and as a business professional that this statement warrants exploration. Therefore, allow us to explore what the Psalmist conveys in (Psalm 90:12) the scriptures states, “Lord, teach us to number our days, that we gain a heart of wisdom.” Moses, who is the writer of this Psalm, makes a bold and brilliant assertion because he realizes that mankind is so busy working towards attaining worldly things, when in fact, we should be working and focused on eternal things.
People of God, please listen well. Life is short. Each day we are privy to information about: shootings, violence, corruption, theft, terrorism, dysfunctional families, thwarted thoughts of people in politics, financial distress, depression and a host of other things. Yet, many of us don’t make time to focus on the most important things. Jesus Christ and our work for the kingdom are the single most important things that each of us should focus on FIRST!! Certainly family and friends are important and a priority. But, if we don’t balance our time wisely and we don’t make time to include God in every area of our lives, then our living is in vain! Thus, the conclusion is: we have not invested wisely in family at all.
Now, here’s a controversial statement that many people will not like or may disagree with. Here’s what many of us thinks is the best use of QUALITY TIME: Many of us believe that spending more time with family, taking vacations, sitting at dinner together, indulging in entertainment based events, just “relaxing” etc., are the answers for quality time and fellowship within the family. All of these things are good, but are only secondary methods of time well spent. To the contrary, if we are not more inclined to spend time pouring spiritual things into our family, praying for them without ceasing, encouraging others, discussing the Word of God, attending church regularly and learning more about what Christ expects or even working in the kingdom with the eager anticipation of one day receiving our rewards, then we have missed the mark altogether! (Philippians 3:14)
If we truly want to live the remaining time we have here on earth in a wise fashion, then we must be taught to “number our days,” prioritize our time wisely by placing Christ first and then you will find that your family life will begin to find the healthy balance that it needs. So, the question is, When was the last time you really spent quality time with Jesus? He wants it. Will He Get It? Now, think on these things….
Yours in Christ,
“Impacting Lives for the Cause of Christ!”
Kedric L. McKnight
Rev. Kedric L. McKnight is the founder and Senior Pastor of the New Life Bible Fellowship Church. Weekly he shares motivational articles and insights with members and friends,