Greetings one and all! The following post is something a classmate and I talked about in 2008 in our first year at Sunset International Bible Institute: the importance of time management.
Let’s say my classmates and I decided to forget about our homework, reading assignments, and school work all together and focused exclusively on meeting people and having Bible studies with them. After a while our teachers are going to come to us and ask us why we aren’t doing our school work. If we tell them we all decided to ditch our homework and focus on meeting people and Bible studies, how do you think our teachers would think about that?
I think our teachers would tell us it is great that we want to meet people and study the scriptures with them. BUT you’re in school too, so don’t forget about your school work.
In our ministries, if we don’t take time to work on our sermons and Bible classes during the week. If our Elders or anyone from the churches where we serve come up to us and ask us if we’re ready to preach or teach. What if we told them we didn’t have any time to study for our lessons, because everyone in the community or church called or came by wanting help of some kind, or we had people wanting a Bible study (which may or may not be true). If we tell them that, how would they respond to that?
My best guess is probably the same as our teachers. Then again, perhaps worse.
All of these things are important and must be done, but we must manage our resources. Or we’ll be run dry emotionally and financially.
The key here is time management. We’re all going to have people come to us for help. All Christians will at some point. We have to manage our time. All of us have twenty four hours in a day. We only have so much time to give. We all need rest and relaxation. We all need to eat. All of that has to fall into our day at some point.
And don’t forget about finances too. We must learn to manage our finances. (May I recommend Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University?) We can’t give to every “worthy cause” we come across. If we do, we’ll go broke.
All of this is important stuff that we must learn to manage. Time and money are all precious resources. We all have a limited amount of each. Once they are all gone, they’re all gone. They must be managed wisely.
Any comments, thoughts, questions? Any thing at all? Any and all questions, comments, etc are always welcome.
God bless you all. Grace and Peace.