DAY 159 of your 2018 journey
Today (June 11, 2018) is day 159 out of the 365 days in 2018. Its getting close to halfway through the calendar year. If you make New Year’s Resolutions or monthly goals, how are you doing?
Often we make goals around outward physical appearance or how much money we want to make. Truthfully we DO need to be good stewards of what we have. Ever heard the saying: “blessed to be a blessing”? So of course you should safeguard your health and your wealth.
At the same time – there are other goals worth putting time and effort into. Who have you listened to today? Who have you noticed in the tiniest details?
Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to work on all aspects of yourself – physical, spiritual and psychological? Here’s a bit of advice (and I’m writing to myself here, too) that can be tough to swallow: STOP DOING THINGS THAT DON’T MATTER.
This might mean limiting how much time you spend online. This might mean turning the tv off…and by tv I really mean whatever device you’re watching shows, movies & memes on…tv, tablet, laptop, etc. This might mean not giving your opinion to someone or defending your point of view.
Your time is your testimony.
We will have to give an account for not just things we did, but also for the things we didn’t do. This is hard to contemplate; but there’s a positive here. How you spend your time can influence others for the better! How you spend your time is a testimony that speaks for itself. If you try to share the gospel and people are harsh in their rejection of you; before you get mad at them, stop and consider how you spend your time.
There’s no guarantee that everyone will suddenly want to believe what you believe; but you plant the seed anyways. However, people are interested in what you’re doing and how you think when they see its working for you, when being in your presence doesn’t leave them wounded, or when the change in you is so evident that even they cannot dispute the transformation that has occurred in your life. “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” Colossians 4:5 NASB.
Next time you find yourself saying you didn’t follow through on something you promised because you didn’t have time, reconsider your words and what that means when you’re finally done defending yourself or justifying not keeping your word. Yes, sometimes emergencies happen. However, if you are frequently dropping the ball, frequently late, frequently needing reminders, consider how you are choosing to spend your time.
Consider turning your time over to the Lord and yielding to Him. Our God is a God of order. He can help you be more disciplined, more organized. He can help you be less forgetful. He can help your time to be a reflection of your values and your priorities, if you let Him. Our God can do anything.