“Today, we are living in a very fast-paced society. We are being bombarded from every direction with people and things that are placing demands on our time and resources. We have become entangled by our constant need for affirmation. As Christians, this creates a problem in our focus. Most of our time and energy is being invested in temporary things, and very little is being invested into what is eternal. Even as parents, our attention to our children and to the future of their success can cause us to become overcommitted, draining us of valuable time; all for a feeling of accomplishment.”
We live in an incredibly busy world in which a seemingly endless array of demands is placed upon our limited time. Our jobs; our families; our friends; our church, civic, and community involvements; and our various personal pursuits are all competing for our time and attention. Expressions like—“too many irons in the fire,” “not enough hours in the day,” “burning the candle at both ends,” “life’s too short,” “time flies,” “life is a rat-race,” and many similar phrases alluding to the busyness and brevity of life are commonly heard from others and spoken by us. If we are not careful, the responsibilities and bustle of life can simply overwhelm us, and plunge us into dread, discouragement, and even despair. The briefness of our life makes it absolutely essential that we manage our time wisely. God wants us to be good stewards, not only of our financial assets and personal resources, but our precious fleeting time as well. Exhorting the early Christians at Ephesus to make the most of their time, the Apostle Paul advised (Ephesians 5:15-16): “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Simply put, we need to live one day at a time and make the most of it, carefully and prudently spending each passing minute.
With each new sunrise, God blesses us with a fixed amount of time that He expects and equips us to use wisely by loving and serving one another and bringing honor and glory to our Almighty Creator. Good stewardship in this area requires that we become proficient in time management. Making the most of our fleeting moments requires that we prioritize, set realistic boundaries, and focus on living in accordance with God’s plan and perfect will for our lives. In order to do that, no matter how busy our days get, we must take time or make time to spend some quiet moments in fellowship with the Lord, reading and meditating on His Word, seeking divine guidance through prayer, listening carefully as God speaks to our hearts, and responding with faithfulness and obedience as He guides us to use our time wisely and productively. The fact that one day we will all have to give an account to God on how we’ve used our allotted time here should motivate us to use it well. Our earthly life is brief indeed, but by trusting in Jesus and investing quality time in developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we have the great hope of salvation and an eternity in His presence in the paradise of heaven. Remember: “…the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:17)
Discipline seems like a hard word, but discipline is your lifeline, something that you learn to embrace and thank God for as you grow in him. The apostle Paul links the idea of discipline with spiritual life: “Train yourself for godliness”—referring to a spiritual workout— for “godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:7–8). A Christian woman’s life is about bringing her will and every area of her life under submission to God’s will.
The JOURNEY – BIG MOUTH – James 3:8 (TEV) But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison.
I’ve seen some people do a pretty good job at it, but I’ve never known anyone to be perfect at absolute control of their tongue. If anyone says they do, it’s a lie; because for anyone to say that would make the Word a lie.
Occasionally it just happens. You say something that you didn’t mean it like you said it, or you say something you meant not to say at all. Then there are some people that know exactly what they’re saying and the poison of words injects it’s deadly venom into the heart or spirit of someone’s life.
Why do we so struggle with controlling our tongue? Why is it so hard to stop such a small little member of our body? It’s because we can’t control our thoughts and emotions. Thoughts and emotions are so connected that we usually end speaking before we think. If we allow the Holy Spirit to control our thoughts and emotions, we’ll do a much better job at controlling our Big Mouth. The tongue is merely an extension of what we’re thinking or feeling. Control the thought and the emotion, and you’ll do a much better job at controlling the tongue. It’s better to use our Big Mouth to praise than it is to put down. When you can’t tame the tongue let the Holy Spirit tame your thoughts and emotions.
TONIGHT!!! For area youth… come out to Straight Street NRV for a valley-wide Youth Rally with music from Beauty From Ruins, and rapper, Matthew Tuck, as well as a drama ministry from Pursuit! This is a FREE EVENT! See the flyer for details or click it for more information at the Straight Street website!