It’s Monday morning – the start of a new week. God has given us these wonderful cycles: days, weeks, and season. One of the qualities that separates and distinguishes these cycles is time. Time ticks on for all of us (pun intended), but time can be used wisely or foolishly. Time is a gift and God invites us to treat this gift with the utmost of care.
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12, NIV).
LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah. Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them. And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You (Psalm 39:4-7, NKJV).
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise making the most of your time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15, 16, NASB).
While some people have recognizably more energy than others and some require slightly less sleep than others, wise people know how to manage the time they are allotted. If we can manage time, we can manage the diverse and demanding responsibilities of life. Time management always requires planning.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed (Psalm 20:4, NIV).
For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure (Proverbs 11:14, NIV).
Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner (Proverbs 13:6, NIV).
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed (Proverbs 15:22, NIV).
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures (Proverbs 24:3, 4, NIV).
But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands (Isaiah 32:8, NIV).
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? (Luke 14:28, NIV).
As we reflect on these passages let’s launch some application by planning this week. When will I spend time with the Lord, with my family, processing my finance, getting the car ready for winter (sorry to bring this up), or exercising?
It’s Monday – use it wisely.