Time Management

Just recently, I was reminded about questioning on things that I spend my time on.  Successful people know how to do this and it’s almost inbred in them, that they don’t think twice.  For others, like myself, I have to be reminded of this.

Today, I was doing my devotional, which included reading Chapter 12 of the C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Letter”.  I then dutifully look up a topic on http://www.Biblegateway.com, and searched, “Time Management”, under the Message Bible (It won’t show up under other translations).  This is what I got:

Ephesians 5:15-17 

Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!
How many times do we get ourselves involved with something or someone because it was hard to say: No! ?  How many times do we get involved with something or someone and throughout the whole time, we are wanting to shoot ourselves in the foot, because we realized that it was a waste of time?
What do we constitute as a waste of time?
I began a checklist for this, which I implemented not too long ago.  It’s only 3 questions.
1.  Will it take time away from God?
2.  If so, will it make me an ugly person?
3.  Will I engage in an activity that I will not be proud of, if shown on facebook?
If I can honestly answer Yes, No, No, in 30 seconds, then I will go ahead and proceed.  
If the activity will at least make me a kind, gracious, and giving person, then I’m doing the work of the Lord already.
I I engage in an activity that shows me glorifying God, rather than make others question my relationship with Him, then I’m showing who God really is.
So, for instance:  I have scheduled myself 20 minutes in doing a devotional, but a friend of mine has asked me for their help.  This person is not a believer, but truly is grateful when given the help.  The talks that we have are always pleasant and the person appreciates the fact that I can be candid with them on faith, hope, and love.  To give them the 20 minutes would be perfectly fine.  We are investing in a relationship that God wants us to foster.
But, take for instance a family member that sucks us of our time, regularly.  They go to church, but when asking for help, it’s beyond what you can do, but they still insist that you are the only one who will help them (that’s because others have learned their lesson!).  So, reluctantly, you help them and when you leave, the two of you are yelling at each other, calling each other names, while in the meantime your orchestra director from church just happens to drive by.  
At first, we think, “It’s family.  I should love my family.  If I love my family, I love God.”  But, does God love an ugly person, when we could’ve avoided the situation?  Does God allow us to show to others that we truly are one of Him, while we yell and call each other names?
The first situation gives us time.  The second zaps our time.  Which time frame do you fall into?

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