Updated: May 14, 2019
How can you make more time in your life with God?
Time is the most valuable gift that God has given us. It is, also, the only thing that cannot be doubled. For many years, I struggled with having very little time for anything. I used to even think I barely had time for God. It took a long time for me to realize that I was, actually, wasting time in many other areas of my life. Ephesians 5: 15-16 states that, “Be very careful, then, how you live -- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” After reading this Scripture, I decided to evaluate my life to make sure that I was not wasting any time and making the most of every opportunity that God had given to me. There are many great time management strategies and resources available for us to use. However, I found some simple things that work for me.
1. How much time do I spend on a specific task? If I find that I am watching television for more than 4 hours, then, I know I am wasting time. Now, I only watch television on the Sabbath or on my days off from work.
2. I prioritize my emails and delete most of them every day. I used to spend hours trying to catch up reading on the reading of my emails. Now, I prioritize. Google Gmail has a great option of starring the emails that are important. Now, I spend only 30 minutes on emails. I, simply, delete the ones that are not actionable that day.
3. I spend most hours of the day at my job. I am hired to do what I do, so time cannot be changed. However, whenever I take a break or have lunch, I use that time to read my Bible or to pray. This way, I am including God in all my activities.
4. I make time for my family. This is the most difficult task, since both my husband and I are, currently, in college, working, and taking care of the kids. However, what I did was to select one day of the week, and, on this day, we have family dinner and family devotionals. During dinner, we use that time to talk and have fun. This is, then, followed by our weekly family devotions.
The important thing is that once we make time for God, everything else can easily fall into place. However, if you feel as if you are so unbalanced, then evaluate how you use your time and see where you can make adjustments. In addition, give God the first hour of your day, so that if you get too busy, you know you gave God His time, first. Time goes by quickly, but our tasks and schedules stay the same.