I asked a colleague of mine the other day how she was doing and she responded, “You know Janea, there just isn’t enough time in the day.” I laughed in agreement at first but then the thought sat with me a bit. I mean I did agree with her…right? There isn’t enough time to accomplish all that we set out to do, or is there?
I have personally struggled with time management for some time now. For a while I thought I was over zealous but then I realized I was lacking intention. It’s easy to fill my To-Do list with things that need to get done and never even look at it again. If you are lacking intention it will be hard to get anything accomplished. Click To Tweet Intention drives motivation. So much time is wasted because the goal isn’t made clear.
A friend of mine suggested making an agenda for each day. She encouraged me to ask God what He would have me to do as I moved closer to my destiny. It made sense. After all He is the Creator of all things and that includes time. He wouldn’t make 24 hours in a day if He didn’t think it would be sufficient for us, but He did and it leaves me wondering why so many of us are pressed for time? I personally think it goes back to being intentional. If we are seeking God for direction as we pursue our destiny, then He is going to show us exactly what we need to accomplish in the time He has given us. The real problem is the lack of patience and the lack of planning.
To be honest I’m just realizing that as I write this. I know I’m guilty of putting God on my own time frame. My prayers are bombarded with requests that I’m not even prepared to receive leaving me feeling like God has something against me. I know that’s not true. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “God knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us and not harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.” That sounds promising to me. It also sounds like it is time for me to do my part.
I challenge you to join me on a journey of practicing active patience. Intentionally seek God for direction each day. Take a moment to ask, “Father, what would You have me to do today?” Be mindful that the answer might not come right then and there, but commit to active listening, and if that seems too airy, try journaling your thoughts. That’s what I’m going to commit to doing for the next 30 days. I hope you’re up for the challenge. What are you waiting for? Times a ticking!