We all try to manage it. We all tend to lose track of it. We all have the same amount of it. And we all can’t control it.
Today in our video, I’m sharing the 4 P’s of Time Management from Ecclesiastes chapter 3. So open your Bibles with me and turn to page 131 in your workbooks and join me for the next 8 minutes as I tackle the HUGE topic of time management and simplify it according to God’s Word.
Ecclesiastes 3 speaks to the times, cycles and seasons of our lives. They are inescapable. We can plan for the good but the bad is right there alongside the good.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 says:
3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Sometimes we are tempted to believe we are the only ones experiencing pain in life – but if we read the scripture above we see – everyone is going through ups and downs.
Sometimes we are full of hope and other times, we want to give up.
Sometimes we are laughing and other times, we are crying.
Sometimes we are gathering stuff and other times, we are giving our stuff away.
Sometimes we are speaking our minds and other times, we keep our mouths shut.
Sometimes there are times when we feel loved and other times, we feel rejected.
Change is a fact of life.
And if we are not careful, we can get so focused on ourselves, that we start to think we are the only ones going through hard times and we can become jaded and cynical. We can miss the fact that God is at work doing something beyond what we can see in our lives. He is making all things beautiful in its time.
This should be a comfort to us.
I remember the first time I went repelling. I was so scared as I began to back down over the cliff and down the rope…but I trusted. I trusted that the guy holding the rope at the bottom was there holding the rope secure.
In the same way, I have found that when I’m in a season of life that is scary – there is a rock that is firm under my feet and I do not fall.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
God is working something beautiful out in your life. Like a puzzle that is missing some of the pieces – we can not always see the final picture. Those missing pieces are not mistakes. They are not taking God by surprise. But when those pieces are finally placed into their position – the picture of your life will be beautiful and you will see their purpose.
Are you in a season of waiting on God? Waiting is part of His plan because he is changing us through the waiting.
I’m currently in a season of waiting.
My puzzle of life is changing.
One piece of that puzzle is that my children will be going to school this year (for those of you who have followed my blog for a long time, you know that I have homeschooled my children for 7 years). Someday I’ll write more about this change – that is for another day and another post. But for now – in just 2 short months, the season of having my children with me everyday will end and a new day will begin for all of us. It’s a little scary but God’s got this. I know the kids will do well and they are excited to go and spread their wings.
Whatever season you are in today – enjoy the present. Savor the good gifts that God has given you today.
Enjoy the simple things of life.
Walk with the King,
What season are you in? How are you able to enjoy the good things God has given you in the midst of the difficult seasons?
What else has God taught your through your study of His Word this week?
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