*First published in Candidly Christian – April 24, 2017 (revised)
I read a post the other day about how fast time goes by. And the older we get the faster it goes.
Time is money as the saying goes but time is also precious. It seems that we sometimes proclaim that we wish there were more hours in a day. Time management and our priorities straight isn’t easy unless we begin to condition ourselves to put forth the effort toward a goal.
Have you struggled with time management?
If you have a family, it’ll probably be harder for you to find time for yourself. You have to grab some free time whenever you can, and then when you do, it doesn’t last long. And so the cycle goes.
While my children were growing up, everyday brought challenges; running errands, taking them back and forth to sporting events and practices, and school functions, etc., but I never regretted my busy days.
I tried to write during those years, and while I did write some short stories, I never really had a chance to delve into a career. And though there were times things got hectic, I was blessed to have the opportunity to watch my children grow—exactly what God wanted me to do.
Things to consider…
Maybe the time isn’t right for you to pursue a career, and if so, know that you are right where God wants you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan on what it is you think you’d like to do when the time presents itself..
Maybe you’re busy devoting your time and energy to your family, which is great. But along this journey, and in the meantime, maybe you can think about some things and how you can use your talent(s) after your children are grown when you may have more time. Keep a journal and prepare for the time you can use your abilities to God’s glory. For example, I have on my agenda to take all of my pictures that I’ve taken and will continue to take, of my grandchildren from birth to eighteen, put them to a music video, and give it to them as a graduation present. (Please don’t tell them :)) After you’ve become a pro, maybe you’d like to do it for other parents.
There are so many elderly people who’d love someone to take an interest in them and help them with things. Offering to pick something up at the story for them, or mowing their yard are a few things that come to mind. And if they’re able to get out, I’m sure they’d love to go to breakfast with you, or to the mall and have the opportunity to get out among others. Keep a journal and ask them about their life. Let them tell you their stories. The elderly love to reminisce and talk about their past. Some may have some very interesting stories to tell, and you just might hit on some that could help others. Take notes and ask their permission if you could tell their story in a self-published anthology or on your blog as a post.
Although things can be a little sticky nowadays when it comes to kids, we need to be careful how we approach them, but if you have children, I can safely assume that you’re around lots of other children. There’s a treasure trove of funny and heartwarming things that kids say about life, love, families! Ask them. Keep a journal. They’ll be honest with you. But ask their parents for permission to talk to them, and do so with their parents present. Write down or record their answers. When your children are grown, and you have more time, maybe you can pursue to self-publish the treasure trove of thoughts that you’ve gathered. But remember to have their parent(s) sign a release form giving you permission to publish.
In the meantime…
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I learned through a difficult situation just how perfect God’s timing is. He knows what’s best for us, He understands our hectic schedules, and He loves and cares about what happens in our lives. He knows life happens. “All things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.” I Timothy 5:13
God offers grace and it’s sufficient for us. He’ll lead us down the path He chooses for us if we ask Him. His timing is perfect.
In the end, He just wants us to glorify Him. He wants us to enjoy life. And He wants us to exercise the talents He’s given us. If we can just discover what it is we really enjoy doing!
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NAS)
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Philippians 4:8 (NAS)
Is your life hectic? Have you struggled with time management? Have you set goals? If so, what steps have you taken to help you toward those goals? What obstacles have you overcome?
I’d love you to share your experiences.
Finally, do you have a hobby? Please, feel free to share.