We’re already 23 days into 2022, and if you weren’t paying attention, this might all seem a blur. When we look at the life of Jesus, we see that He was never out of step with God’s timing and will. Once his brothers were trying to get him to go to a party to do a big miracle so people would notice, and Jesus said: “My time has not yet come; for you anytime will do. John 7:6 (NIV). For some of us, our time flies and slips through our fingers like sand.
God created us to live in balance, and there are key elements that must be included in this balance. In addition to work, school, and the other important things we use our time for, we also need to include these five things:
1. Social time: we need social connections to live a healthy life
2.Fun/Leisure: For our mental health
3.Solo-time: Improves self-esteem and happiness
4.Family time: Our family is our responsibility
5. God’s time
Do a time audit and ask the Lord to help you complete it. As you conduct your audit, here are some guidelines to consider:
THINK LONG TERM
Often we are myopic when we think about balancing our lives. The true balance is actually observed over a period of time, perhaps six months to a year. It’s perfectly natural to invest more time in something for a while, like starting a business or caring for a newborn, but these energies should balance out over time. Don’t worry about short-term imbalances. Instead, try to focus on the big picture.
CONSIDER WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE
We’re notoriously bad at miscalculating the time and energy we spend on certain activities, so it helps to write things down. It can be helpful to take stock of your life by noting what an average week looks like. It can provide useful insight, and over a month or two, it can help clarify things that need to change.
COMMIT TO CHANGE
Changing old habits is hard. It’s even harder to let go of society’s expectations of us that have been ingrained for years! But we have to. Commit to doing things differently and stick to it.
God will give us the wisdom to prioritize each day, week, month and year. We must manage our time as he directs. Mark 1:36-37 (NASB) tells us that “Simon and his companions were looking for him; 37 They found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you. » In a parallel passage of Luke 4:42 (NIV), it says, “People were looking for him and when they got to where he was they tried to stop him from leaving them.”
The pressures and demands were enormous, and Jesus had to know what was important when. People came to him because they had a real need, but Jesus did not give in to the pressures and demands of people who just wanted him to do what they wanted him to do. As God gave him clarity, he was able to prioritize his life, and so must we. Rather, Jesus said, “Let’s go somewhere else – to the neighboring villages – so that I can preach there too. That’s why I came”Luke 4:43 (NIV).
There will always be urgent things around us, but we must put the most important things first and trust God to give us wisdom.