5 Steps to Keep from Wasting Time

Bible Verse: Whoever watches the wind will not plant, whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.  Ecclesiastes 11:4

Song:  Endless Alleluia (Official Lyric Video) – Cory Asbury | Reckless Love

By clicking the above song title, you will be directed to a video of our worship song for today.  Hope you enjoy this song selected specifically to go along with our devotion!

Let me rephrase that for myself:

Whoever scrolls thru Facebook for long period of times, will not meet their goals.  Whoever looks at Pinterest for hours on end will not reap the benefits of making that recipe or creating that project!

Ok, don’t worry, I am not going to dawg the whole Facebook/Pinterest thing!  I am just saying that I know how frustrated I get when I realize that I have spent too much time scrolling through my friends lives and pinning things that will not help me do the things I am “actually” passionate about.

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.  Psalm 119:37

Let’s turn this concept in the other direction.  Can you ever imagine saying “God, your wasting my time!”?  Have you ever rushed through your quiet time or your prayers so that you could cross it off your list and move onto something else?  I know I have, and to be honest, I do it often.

Life is busy, and my mind is often hurried.  So, why is it so easy to spend an hour on Pinterest and it seem impossible to spend a whole hour in continuous prayer?

I have come up with 5 steps to help us stop wasting our time:

  1. Take an inventory of how much time you spend on “time killers”.  This may be different for each of us.  It could be social media, movies, internet, texting or just vegging on the couch.  Whatever it is for you, that you think is keeping you from spending time with God, that is your “time killer”. Keep track of the amount of time you do these things each day, journal it or time it, just be realistic and honest about it.
  2. Set up boundaries for this area of your life. For me one, of my boundaries is that I click out of Facebook when I am supposed to be writing.  Another one of mine is no Pinterest at the computer unless it is for my blog.
  3. Have an accountability partner. Tell your spouse, kids, parents or a friend what you are doing and ask them to hold you accountable.
  4. Set goals for what you want to get accomplished with this extra time. For instance; spend more time in bible study or be more present with my husband in the evenings.
  5. Remember that time is a gift from God. Like all His gifts – food, money, sex, time – we are to exercise control and use moderation.

I learned a valuable lesson from my Grandpa once.  On his 100th Birthday, when asked what the secret to living such a long life, he shared that although he smoked a pipe, drank wine and ate chocolate every day, he did all this in moderation.  One pipe, a few ounces of red wine and one Queen Anne Chocolate covered cherry, each day. He used his boundaries!

I have the right to do anything, you say – but not everything is beneficial.  I have the right to do anything – but I will not be mastered by anything.  1 Corinthians 6:12

What are your time killers?  What boundaries do you think you can set up to help you spend your time wisely?  What goals do you plan on making?

Heavenly Father, help me to turn my eyes away from worthless things, help me to learn balance in my time and be able to exercise moderation in all things.  Your gifts are good and the benefits of them are a blessing.  Help me in my weakness to keep these gifts from turning into a curse.  Lord, hear my prayers.  Amen

I have the right to do anything you say

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