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Pastor Mike Baker Of Eastview Christian Church 2017
Controlling your calendar

I don’t meet many people these days who would not admit that their schedule is out of control. When asked how one is doing, the common answer seems to be “I’m busy” or “life is hectic”. Even the carefree teenage years have been defined in poll after poll by the word “stressed”. Believe me, I’m not the exception to this rule, but recently I’ve been convicted that this is not the way God intended for humans to live. God does not want us to be “busy” all the time. Maybe it’s time to address the spiritual discipline of time management.

As far as I can tell, there are three who ultimately have access to our calendars and the schedules we keep. A good biblical interaction with these three will help us lead less busy and more peaceful lives

1. God. First and foremost, God is in charge of our calendars and schedules. From creation God designed humans to enjoy a rhythm of rest. God made us in such a way that we need sleep every night to renew us for the next day. You are supposed to sleep 1/3 of your life! Not only that, but God also designated a day of rest within each week. At the end of his creation, he rested and set a pattern for rest called “Sabbath” for mankind to follow. If your schedule is such that you aren’t sleeping enough or not taking a regular day off; you are busier than God designed you to be. To go on like this is to disobey him with your time.

2. You. The second most important person when it comes to your schedule is you. I know that seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how we sometimes let others take control of our time. The Bible gives us some guidance here as well. Our plans should be made with awareness that God is in control of it all. James asks “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:14-15). Then we find that we should be “making the most of the time, for the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). God’s desire for us is to get the very best out of our time. We only have so many days. We can’t and shouldn’t do everything. There are some better ways to use our time. Allow yourself to say “no” more and consider what the best things are and this will help you have a holy schedule.

3. Others. Finally, others have access to our calendar and schedule by demanding time from us. Spouses, children, bosses, coaches, friends, extended family, and church leaders regularly ask us for our time. Deciding what to say “yes” to is the test we often fail. In an attempt to please everyone, we over-schedule and consequently have little energy to please anyone. I’ve noticed in Scripture that Jesus didn’t allow anyone else to have control over his calendar. They tried, but he moved at his own pace. Remember how long it took for him to get to Lazarus’ house when his sisters told him his friend was sick? By the time, he got there, Lazarus had died! If Jesus could save the world without being stressed and busy, we should be able to live our lives in the same way. The key is to focus on the things God has entrusted to you and give them highest priority. Once you have a reasonable amount of activity for those things and people who are most important in your life, then you can say “no” to everything else with confidence that you are using your time as God intended.

Take some time today to consider your calendar and work at lining it up with God’s design for your life. Then the next time someone asks how you’re doing, maybe you’ll be able to answer “rested and peaceful”.

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