Webster’s Dictionary provides the following definition of time –
Depending upon what we are working on at any given moment, time can be our friend or our enemy. Either we have enough time to complete our tasks or we do not. Either we’ve managed the time we have been allowed to complete something or we have not. The amount of time in a day doesn’t change (well okay, there was that whole Joshua incident – Joshua 10:12-13) so why do I feel that I don’t have enough time?
As we ponder that question we’ve come up with a list of possibilities.
1. Too much to accomplish in a specific time period.
3. Lack of planning
4. Lack of desire / motivation
5. Poor time management
Ultimately, for Chris, it tends to be reason #1. He says this because he has a propensity to accept responsibilities for things that there is no way he can accomplish, at least not well. His plate is full, but he feels obligated when asked to accept more. Hmm. Maybe then it’s really reason # 5. If he better manages his time to accomplish what he had before him he would know not to accept more to do until time allowed for it.
In Isaiah chapter 6 Isaiah has a vision of God and he hears God ask “whom shall I send and who will go for us” to which Isaiah responds with great joy “Here am I! Send me.” Regardless of what Isaiah had going at that moment, nothing was more important than God’s calling. If only we were as obedient to drop other responsibilities in order to meet God’s call.
But, we have many responsibilities that require our time. Chris’ job, our ministry at our local church, parenting, growing in our relationship with Christ, Dana’s volunteer work and now preparing for our future service as missionaries to Ghana. It can be overwhelming but we are comforted by Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Pray for us that we lean on Jesus during this time of preparation. Pray that we accept His rest, take His yoke, and accept His burden and stop relying on our own strength, will, and desire to accomplish all we have to do. Pray that we rely on Jesus as our time manager!