Do you ever wish you could manage your time better? A tribe in South Africa discovered a way to lick this problem. The people consider long speeches unhealthy, both for the speaker and the audience. To keep it short, anyone who wanted to give a speech in a village meeting would have to stand on one foot. The moment the other foot touched the ground, the speech had to end.

The management of our time is something we could all do a little bit better. None of us has got it completely figured out, but I want to share a few pointers I’ve picked up over the years.

  • Keep matters in perspective by determining what is important. You’ve heard the saying, “If everything is a priority, then nothing is.” Focus on getting the things that are the most important in your schedule done first.
  • Be a balanced person. Allow time for yourself to get some rest and have a good time doing something you enjoy. You might be surprised to find that a little down time will help relax your mind so you work a lot better.
  • Don’t worry. Life is too short to worry about every little thing. There are some things we can change, and some things we can’t. We need to know the difference, and spend our time on those things we can do something about.

You might not think time management is very important, as long as you’re a “spiritual” person. But let me tell you something: you can’t be a spiritual person if you can’t manage your time. Godliness is the result of a disciplined life, and the heart of discipline is the management of time. Time is in your hand, Christian. How are you going to spend it?

Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting. — Arthur Brisbane

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.