This week, time management has been the theme. We all have many ideas about what we want our lives to be like, but sometimes we get swamped. Yesterday, we took a time inventory. Today, we ask ourselves an important question:
Does the way we use our time match what we claim to value?
We’re all familiar with the saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.” Our priorities and values can normally be understood by looking at how we spend our money. I believe the same holds true for how we spend our time.
Think of it this way. I tell my wife I love her. I could text it to her, say it to her, email it to her, and shout it from the rooftops. But what if I went out and spent all my time with other girls? What if I never opened the car door for her, helped clean up the house, or bragged on her to friends? We all show love in different ways, but wouldn’t she begin to question my love if I never showed it. Love is more than words. It means sacrificing your time, priorities and rights on behalf of another.
Take a minute. Brainstorm. What do you value? What are you passionate about? Write it down.
Yesterday, you wrote down how you spent your time. Do the two lists match? If not, why not?
If we say that family is really important to us, but we find we never spend time with our kids, is it true?
If we say God is important and never spend time with Him, is that true?
If we claim to love the poor and needy, but do nothing for them, is it true?
I know work takes up a huge part of our week, but how we spend the rest of our time does say something about us.
What does your time say about you?
Tomorrow, we look at being intentional with our time. Hope to see you back.