Using Your Time Wisely
Do you use your time wisely? That’s my prayer every morning. I say ‘Good morning’ to God and surrender myself and my time to him and ask him to guide me and enable me to use my time wisely. It’s not that easy on our own, you know. Sometimes using your time wisely is doing nothing at all. Let me explain.
Managing your time effectively is not necessary the same thing as using your time wisely. I find it helpful to use the distinction found in the New testament between chronos time and kairos time. We are familiar with chronos time, something we can measure with clocks and calendars. But kairos time is more essential when we learn to use our time wisely.
Kairos is God’s time zone. Waiting for God is waiting for kairos, the supreme moment when God intersects with our lives. Kairos is the moment when God’s will happens. Kairos is when the right things happen in the right time. Sometimes using our time wisely means waiting. Sometimes it means action. But it always means living near to God and waiting for his timing and guidance.
Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], 16 making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. (Eph. 5:15-17, AMP)
Life is short here on earth, even if you get to live to see your 100th birthday. Each day matters. Use them wisely. How, you ask. Start with prayer. Ask for guidance and grace to use your time wisely. The Holy Spirit will guide you.
I want nothing more than your presence in my life
Enable me to use my time wisely,
according to your plan for me.
Send your Holy Spirit to inspire me,
guide me, and empower me.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Is using your time wisely difficult for you? What has helped you to do so?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn using your time wisely!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].
Photo courtesy of Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Faith-filled Fridays, Five Minute Friday.
9 thoughts on “Using Your Time Wisely”
Such wise words here! Sometimes I have so much to do, I pray for the Lord to guide me to spend my time the way He wants me to. I found your post on #dancewithJesus
Good for you. Starting (and doing) anything with prayer is a wise decision. God knows best and is able to help us along the way. Thanks for your input, Valerie. Blessings to you!
Mari-Anna, this is the most helpful post I’ve read here on “Time.” And the timing on my reading it is perfect (God’s timing.) From the minute I got up this morning I was bent on using (chronos) time effectively, and so I skipped my usual… prayer time! And the whole day became a disaster! The way you show the distinction between chronos and kairos was so valuable I copied some of it to put in my journal. Hope you don’t mind. It underlines the resolve I’d already written in my planner for tomorrow: “Put prayer/time with God 1st—and keep it foremost!”
Thank you, and God bless your time this weekend.
I’m so glad to hear this, Sylvie. Thank you for sharing. I am the same way: I need my prayer time with God! Abundant blessings to you!
Beautiful distinction and one I hadn’t thought about for a long time. Thanks for the reminder and for linking up at #LMMLinkup.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Leslie! Yes, I find this distinction very helpful too. Blessings upon blessings!
Q4me… sometimes. Staying focused one what priorities are and staying on track helps me use my time wisely.
Thanks for this encouraging post!
Thanks for chiming in, Amanda! Yes, God directs our paths on the right direction. Have a blessed week!