Time Has Come Today

One of my big problems is time management. The Ministry has the blessing and the curse of a flexible schedule. I can step away from work to spend time with family. I can also step away from work to attend to the sick and dying, or another urgent pastoral care need.

The pastor of a large congregation has to know how to schedule a day so they can get done what needs to be done in between phone calls, meetings, drop-in visitors, etc. The pastor of a small congregation most often works alone in his study with minimal interruption. He might have to be his own secretary (as I am), answering the phone, making the bulletin, etc.

The temptations of the Internet loom large as I study. I’ll do some work, then goof off for hours on the computer. That’s not the best use of time. But what’s a fellow to do when there seems to be too much time and not enough work?

Here’s where a schedule comes in handy. I can read something else, or visit a shut-in, or make some phone calls, anything but fool around online. Unfortunately, I’m terrible at making and keeping a schedule. Flexibility is my friend, but it’s also my worst enemy.

I bought this book a while back to help me fight the battle of time. Reading a few pages lit a fire under me to clean up and clean out a desk. That’s a start! I felt like I accomplished something that day. Today is the same. I did some work in my study and visited a shut-in. Wow! That’s something! Hey! I could get the hang of this in no time flat!

As the old folk song goes, “Let no one steal your thyme”. Okay, it’s talking about an herb, but you get the picture.

Perhaps this one is better:

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV)

-KT

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