7 Biblical Keys for Good Time Management for Ministers
Have you ever sat at an airport and watched the people move throughout the terminal? Some walk slowly, others run frantically. The difference in pace is always related to time. Some are early and well prepared. Others are late due to unexpected delays or simple procrastination.
Because you cannot separate success from a wise use of time, time is an important part of life. Many evangelists (or pastors, ministers) attempt to be successful without giving much thought to time, but those who achieve success, respect and honor time in their ministry and personal life.
Paul wrote, “Let us not grow weary while doing good...As we have opportunity, let us do good to all” (Gal. 6:9-10). The Greek word for “opportunity” means making the most of your time. Time and opportunity are vitally linked to success in ministry.
Wasting time is sin. God is maker and ruler of time and He has entrusted us with this precious gift. We must recognize that God is the One who defines what is a waste. God defines a waste of time as anything that does not contribute to the fulfillment of His plan and purpose for us. You may ask, “Are recreation and rest wastes of time?” Not necessarily. God desires for you and I to take time to rejuvenate our bodies and minds and to have moments of pleasure and enjoyment. But as Ecclesiastes 3:1 declares, “There is time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
Let’s explore how to win back our time and improve the quality of our ministries. To achieve this we must be willing to make a few changes as it relates to time wasters (television, daydreaming, procrastination, useless telephone conversations, surfing the internet).
The Bible gives us seven keys for good time management. Examine them closely and take charge of your schedules and agendas. Based on what God intends for our daily schedule, make the appropriate adjustment and win back your time!
Key #1 Take...