Bible Character: Paul
Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…. Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV
Make the most of every opportunity…that’s easier said than done. Paul was instructing the Church of Ephesus on how to live their lives for Christ.
As leaders we have never had so many tools to help manage our time and increase efficiency, but still we often don’t have enough time.
Start With a Plan
Goals are still vitally important to success; they play a key role in helping us stay focused. If we don’t have a plan, we are missing the basic infrastructure for production. The consequence will be a lack of direction and us wasting precious time.
“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines”. – Brian Tracy
We Get Distracted
Today’s modern advancements have given us great technology. With our modern day electronics come an entirely different way of communicating, and sometimes that can distract from the flow of our day.
How many times do we need to check our email in a day? Are personal texts diverting you from your work?
The revolution of social media has made it difficult to separate our personal lives and our professional career. Not that any of these methods of communication are evil, but there is the risk to waste precious time by the distraction.
Leaders are in the business of helping other people. Paul’s warning is important. He wanted us to be careful in how we live, because time is precious. There are only so many minutes in a day. Using our time to invest in others is far more profitable and can have much more eternal significance than looking down at our cell phone to check the latest email or social media post.