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Time II

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Time II –Out: Time Management

In our American culture today there has been a slow and steady acquiescence of physical labor and steady plodding as we have attempted to gain with ease and comfort being as efficient as possible for exerting real effort. Yet very soon after humankind is created in this sacred meta-narrative that we find ourselves create, work and involvement is introduced both in thought creation and in physical exertion. It was not a punishment, it was the design and a very part of our worshipful existence with God.

It is a real dance between not working enough and working too much and it takes much effort to hear the rhythm of the song that we are dancing life to that we can stay in step and keep dancing at the right pace. When comes to engagement, much of the US Christian has memorized the Revised Standard Perversion of John 10:10 making it say “I have come that you might have life and have it more …COMFORTABLY” but darned if my Bible doesn’t read “abundantly every time” and that makes it sound like there will be effort involved. A friend of mine was in ministry when a volunteer that was a procrastinator and a comfort seeker came to him and said that they wanted to stop ministry because they were “burnt out” to which my friend said “Burn Out?? … Brother, you were never lit!” Many of us can be avoiders of effort and masterful at determining the threshold of just enough exertion to just get by. However, we are told this as a way of presenting us the roadmap for work … “whatever we do, work heartily for the Lord and not for humans, for it is from the Lord that we will receive our inheritance because it is ultimately the Lord who we are serving.

While some of us may have never been lit and are hoping to make it through the seminary experience only focussing on minimal amount of work in order to stay in school and proceed, others are coming in like the acts on variety shows where they spin plates, a lot of plates, and seminary means just adding one more. Once before heading off into a day of retreat, I called a friend for some counsel and prayer. He knew me well and that I was a plate spinner. He said, “As far as I can tell, Jesus was the busiest person that ever walked the face of the earth … but He was NEVER frantic. Because He spent time every day figuring out what the Father wanted Him to do and then went about just doing that!”

“Serve God by doing common actions in a heavenly spirit, and then, if your daily calling only leaves you cracks and crevices of time, fill them up with holy service.”

-Charles Spurgeon

 

Chapter 1

Word SECTION 1

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

– Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)

 

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

– Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

 

Watch SECTION 2

This week we will look a series of videos that deal with Time management, some are based on Stephen Covey’s classic book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”

7 Habits in 7 Minutes 7 minutes


 

Big Rocks First 3.5 minutes


 

Habit 3 (First Things First) 3 minutes


 

How to Deal with Stress God’s Way Pt 1 4 minutes


 

How to Deal with Stress God’s Way Pt 2 5.5 minutes


 

The Productive Person 3 minutes


 

Read SECTION 3

This week, read some thoughtful reflections on Biblical Time Stewardship.

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Reflect back on how you spent your time this week and share with your mentor what you believe are opportunities to improve your Biblical Time Stewardship for next week.

 

Chapter 2

Word SECTION 1

14 But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.

– Psalm 31:14-15 (NIV)

 

5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

– Colossians 4:5 (NIV)

 

Watch SECTION 2

Nigel Marsh’s TED talk on Work-Life Balance 10 minutes


 

Rory Vaden’s Tedx talk on How to Multiply Your Time 18.5 minutes

Author of “Take the Stairs” Says Self management is more realistic than time management and
discusses his time multiplier theory.


 

Read SECTION 3

Take time to read and reflect on this Time Management Blog from Bible.org

Now read some thought about how to manage time in a 24/7 world
 

Reflect SECTION 4

Think through time management vs self management. Share with your mentor what your struggles are and what your hopes are regarding time.

 

Chapter 3

Word SECTION 1

23 All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.

– Proverbs 14:23 (NIV)

 

13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.

– Proverbs 20:13 (NIV)

 

9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?

– Proverbs 6:9 (NIV)

 

4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.

– Proverbs 10:4 (NIV)

 

Watch SECTION 2

Breathing Room 28.5 minutes

This watch has some more thoughts expressed by Andy Stanley.


 

Read SECTION 3

First read this short article which differentiates work and toil.

Second read this blog by blogger Kim Karpeles

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Make time to sit down face to face with your mentor and discuss time wasters, time stewardship and your theology of work.

 

Further resources for exploration

You can also participate in a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People seminar or read on of the following blogposts: