You probably heard the old saying “Being busy doesn’t not mean or equal being productive.” There is actually a difference between being busy and being productive. And the difference is going to determine how you manage your time to get so much out of life; being more productive and effective, living a balanced life, and getting better results in your life. So much attention of things can demand so much of our time. We can mean well, we can be hard working all we want but if we mix our priorities, we can miss some of our opportunities, we can miss out our biggest days of our lives, or our divine appointments to carry through our destinations that God has intended for us to pass through this life journey that we all have before us.
In the Bible in the book of Luke chapter 10 verse 38 to 42, it says, “Now while they were on their way, Jesus entered a village [called Bethany], and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching. But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.” But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.”
Imagine you have a guest visited you at your house, and you are concentrating on cooking and doing all the chores stuff and leaving your guest alone waiting for you until you finish your chores for her or him to enjoy your company. That’s why when we invite guests over, we usually like to prepare things ahead of time, before they arrive so that we can have quality time together rather than doing all the chores while they are there. We had enough time to prepare for their arrivals, and now it’s time to enjoy their company. And all other chores can wait for us to do after the guests are gone.
Imagine working hard all the time in your life and you forget to rest, and enjoy the labor of your work. Forgetting to take time to enjoy the life God has blessed you with. The Bible says in the beginning of time and creation, God worked for six days, and the seventh day He rested. He worked hard, but He also set apart one day for Him to rest to enjoy His creations and the labor of His magnificent work. In the book of Genesis chapter 1 verse 31 to Genesis chapter 2 verse 2, it says, “God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good and He validated it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day. So the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts (inhabitants). And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested (ceased) on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”
Very recently I happened to listen to this wonderful woman and Pastor, and she said marriage is not for girls and boys; it is for grownups. The day you get married, when they give you a marriage certificate, it’s actually not a certificate; it is a letter of employment saying, “Get ready to work hard.” Because marriage starts after the wedding ceremony. According to her, when they give you that marriage certificate, they mean congratulations, now you have graduated from endurance. You are now going to take a Master’s in long suffering. She said just think of the period of dating each other, engaged, and up to getting married as a period of learning how to endure. After that you will be entering the period of learning the art of long suffering. And it will determine how you will graduate later on in your life, or whether you will be like one of those married couples who lived happily married regardless of their ups and downs for a really long time, thirty to fifty years of marriage for instance.
If you think you are not ready yet to get married, maybe you think you are not grown-up yet, or you just want to get few things together before you get to that phase in your life, then don’t rush into marriage. Don’t feel the pressure because you feel you are running out of your luck because of age, or chance. It’s better to wait for God’s timing than rushing into things. Let me tell you, I am not married, and have never been married before, but I know how important it is for me to pick the right partner. Because the person I pick, as a born-again Christian is very important. According to this wonderful Pastor, she also mentioned that there is no place where your Christianity is being tested like in your marriage relationship; as a wife, a mother, daughter or sister in law, and et cetera. You can pretend whatever you want outside to other people, but not at home; not for that long. So it’s important to yield to God’s plan for your life and ask Him to help you to pick the right partner for you when it comes for you to make that marriage decision. You have got to be equally yoked, or else you may not stand the test of time. Your happiness depends on it, but also it could be your destiny depends on it too.
Life every day is giving us a chance to make our priorities right. When we know our priorities in life, it’s even easier to manage our time well, and focus only on the things that matter to us. I don’t know about you, it can get overwhelming when you have so many things demand your time simultaneously. And the way I manage such kind of pressure is to make sure I identify and set my priorities right, starting with the top ones first. For instance, it would be like, I need to pray first, call my Mom, and then do my most important task for the day and things like that. So I would break down and write everything on my to-do-list for the day, and I would start with my top priorities first and then my biggest important tasks that would push me closer to achieve some of my goals. I would even schedule the time frame for most of the activities, and what time I should do the tasks. In this way, by the end of the day I would be able to incorporate everything that I wanted to accomplish and do that day, and get more productive and effective.
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Do you know that there is a time for everything? The Bible says there is time for everything under heaven. In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3, verse 1 to 8 says: “There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven— A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to keep silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace.”
There is a time to be young, and time to grow up and take more responsibilities. There is a time to act silly and time to be more serious. There is a time to learn, and time to executing and implementing what you have learned. There is a time to work hard, and time to enjoy the work of your labor. There is a time to move on with your life. There is a time to just take one day at a time. So be aware of what time it is in your life right now.
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