Focus & Time Management – Phil. 3:12-14; Psalm 90; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc. 3:1)
There are 168 hours in a week, 672 hours in a month and 8,064 hours in a year. Each day has 86,400 seconds – 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, a total of 1,440 minutes or 86400 seconds – in it. These hours are at the disposal of every person equally. A way to please the Lord and to maximize our purpose on earth is to guard these hours, using them to move toward the life purpose he has intended for us. If we fail to use time well, someone or something else will seize it for other purposes. Our quest as followers of Christ and someone who want to break new grounds is to discern the value of a day, of a moment, and fill it with unique purpose.
The discipline of time management isn’t innate. In fact, it’s the opposite. Left to ourselves, most of us waste vast amounts of time. Without an increasingly clear vision of God’s purpose for our lives, we will most likely fail to use time in the right way. Purpose management challenges us to use those precious 86.400 seconds you are given each day in a way that allows you live your passion, achieve your goals, and become all that the creator ordained you to be.
We all have the responsibility and privilege to take advantage of the time we are given. No more “I’ll do that tomorrow” which is procrastination. No more “It’s too late.” Every single person, no matter how old or young, how poor or rich, has the opportunity to forgo complacency and claim a life of intention and vision. A life of such deliberate renewal may seem unattainable if you don’t know where to start. That is why it is important to discover your purpose and craft a vision for your life.
Mike Murdock in his book, The Assignment, asserts: “Time is the currency of earth.” He further gave few insights about time that is very instructive for our subject of discussion. He maintains that God did not give friends, he gave you time and you invested Time into people and created friendship. He did not give you money. He gave you Time. You exchange it for paper money from your boss and employer. God uses Time to achieve His own goals on earth. He uses time to develop the seeds of greatness He plants in the soil of people.
Your assignment will require Time – more than you realize. Greatness will cost you the currency of Time. It takes Time to develop a relationship with God and to climb the ladder to the top of your assignment. Someone has well said that it is impossible to save Time: You must simply learn to invest it wisely. Make “Today” count for you. Focus on creating a perfect day. You see, in a sense, you will never really see your future. When you arrive at your future, you will call it, “Today.” Yesterday is over. Tomorrow is not yet here. Yesterday is in the tomb. Tomorrow is in the womb. Today is really your life. So, make “Today” count. Invest your time wisely!
In conclusion, I want to challenge you to start prioritizing your life for maximum productivity. Know what you want to invest your time on the daily basis. You have to know how to maneuver between the alternatives of life. When people don’t succeed in their visions, it is often because they don’t understand that prioritizing creates useful limits on their choices.