The last two weeks we have looked at things that can help us remain strong in character: guarding our heart and guarding our tongue. This week we will look at the third: guarding our time.
There’s a great epidemic in our culture today: were busy at being busy. We need to STOP – take control of our time and seize the day.
I used to take pride in having a busy schedule. Somehow my people-pleasing and striving personality fed on the busyness of life. Then in 2014, I learned that I have an auto immune disease that has attacked my thyroid and my esophagus. I had been struggling physically for quite a while before I went to the doctor and discovered the problem. I had pushed and pushed and pushed myself right into a physical mess! Finally, I had to stop and take control of my life to get things in order. The same applies to us spiritually.
Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” What a great prayer and a great reminder. We need to gain wisdom on how we spend our time.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
- Spend time with God and find encouragement in Him. The Bible says that David encouraged himself in the Lord. We serve ourselves well when we learn to do this.
- Take time to celebrate. Celebrate a job well done, small or large, just celebrate. Maybe take it a step further…. write yourself a note of encouragement.
- Take time to refresh yourself. What energizes you? What refreshes you? Make sure you’re taking the time to do those things.
We are called to love ‘your neighbor AS YOURSELF.’ That means you have to love yourself, and loving yourself is taking good care of yourself….taking TIME for yourself.