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Time Is Precious…Don’t Waste It

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.

Help People

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.

Getting Through the Grind

Bible Character:  Methuselah

So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died. Genesis 5:27 KJV

Wow, 969 years old!  I can only imagine living that many days meant some were just a grind.

Find Energy to Provide Energy

Leaders are an energy source for their team, so coming daily with focus and stamina is surely important.  Nonetheless, sometimes our battery is just running low and needs a charge.  It is important to find the source that re-charges our battery; it’s essential.  Sometimes it’s a quick charge, other times it takes longer.

Stress

Batteries are also equipped with both a positive and a negative side, and so is stress.  Seeming to come at us from all directions, stress clearly has become a huge part of many of our lives.  Taking time to relieve that strain is important.  How do you truly relax?  And are you creating the opportunity in your schedule to unwind?

Goals

We have all heard about setting goals, and sometimes it seems like it is overstressed.  Still, when facing the daily grind, being able to focus on long term targets really does take on greater importance. 

There is a certain satisfaction from attaining a goal.  That accomplishment feeds your desire to do more.  It’s that fire inside that propels us during the times that may feel like we’re stuck in a rut.  There is a greater meaning than just this current circumstance.

Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather and is part of the genealogy linking Adam to Noah. I wonder how many goals he accomplished in 969 years.

Time for a Reboot?

Bible Character:  Nehemiah

It was 445 B.C. when Nehemiah received word that Jerusalem’s gates had been burned down and the Israelites had fallen into evil ways.  At the time, he was the cup bearer to the King of Persia, but he quickly asked King Artaxerxes if he could return to Jerusalem and help rebuild the city’s walls.

Nehemiah knew the city needed a “reboot”.  Sometimes, the same is true with us.

Evaluation

Maybe it’s as simple as the team not holding itself to the high standards we once held.  Possibly we are not following the goals we had once set?  Or worse, we somehow have veered from the values and priorities that were once important to our organization.

Sometimes it’s Personal

We can all get burned out at times.  Maybe our personal life has us not functioning well in our professional life.  Maybe we personally are not living the lifestyle we desire to.

A Fresh Start

At home my wife often tells me, “Something’s wrong with the computer”.  My first attempt to fix it is to “Reboot” it, turn it off, and then back on and hope it works better.  This often fixes the problem; maybe it can be the same for us, we need a fresh start! 

A “restore” on a computer helps restore your computer system’s files to an earlier point in time.  This may be what our organization needs right now!

Once Nehemiah had rebuilt the city and cleansed it of its evil practices, he returned to the king in Susa, until he found out Jerusalem had once again slipped from their values.  He quickly returned and reinstituted the priorities back to Law of Moses.  Once we do arrive at a place we want to be, it takes constant attention to stay there.

Are You in it for the Long Haul?

Bible Character:  Mary

Endurance is an important attribute of a leader.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, persevered more than most people could ever imagine.  What an honor, to be the mother of the most important person who ever lived.  What a great responsibility God gave to Mary.

Luke 12:48 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

What characteristics of Endurance did Mary display?

Strength

After Mary’s pregnancy was revealed to the public she suffered great humiliation.  She was strong enough to give birth to Jesus, only later to watch him be beaten by the authorities, and eventually killed.  It would have been hard to work through the disappointment, but leaders need to show strength during difficult times.

Long Term Vision

Mary understood the mission was bigger than her.  We all have to realize this, and continue to pursue a long term vision for our organization.  This is more than just meeting a few quarterly financial initiatives.  We need to be really reaching to meet the goals and priorities that will make the future better.  Mary understood that Jesus’ purpose was the most important thing.

Involved

Mary never stopped being involved with Jesus’ ministry.  She guided Jesus into his first miracle, was there to watch his death, and stuck with the disciples in the upper room even after Jesus’ ascension.  Many might think that after giving birth to Jesus her work was done; but she stayed involved. As leaders it is easy to think that we don’t have to keep an eye on the small stuff, and that all we need to do is think about #2, long term vision.

Mary was in it for the long haul and completed her mission!

 

 

 

 

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