How many times have you looked back on your day and thought: “What did I accomplish today?”
I’m amazed at my ability to waste time. I can easily throw away hours with little to show for it. It’s frightening when I look back at weeks or months where I had no vision or real agenda. The potential to do great things and spend time with God were lost to apathy and unplanned time. The resulting stagnation and lack of growth are depressing.
Setting an agenda is critical. The consequences of not having it is far too great. For some, this comes naturally. For others, it is painful. Start by praying about your day, your week, and your life goals to find out what God wants you to do, and what He doesn’t want you to do.
But this thing I did command them: Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people; and walk in the whole way that I command you, that it may be well with you. – Jeremiah 7:23
That which is desired in a man is loyalty and kindness and his glory and delight are his giving. – Proverbs 19:22
What is your biggest distraction? Is your phone a distraction. Is Facebook or Twitter eating up all of your unscheduled time? Is your DVD collection filling up your free hours?
Here’s a suggestion: Write down your biggest distraction. There’s something amazing that happens when we name our struggles. You will then begin to be amazed at how much easier it is to not squander your time when you are no longer distracted by things you don’t need.
And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands-yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it. – Psalm 90:17
It is obvious we are supposed to work. Too many people waste weeks and months of their lives just lying on the couch, eating junk food and watching television all day. Another danger is to spiritualize our laziness, naming our slothfulness as resting for God. Rest is good, but once you’re rested, get up and work. Take authority in your life by simply being active and following God’s guidance in your agenda.
Henry Ward Beecher said, “The first hour is the rudder of the day – The Golden Hour”
Be very careful how you start your morning. You are planting the seeds for what the day will hold. If you get up late, grab a cheap cup of coffee, rush to work fuming at the idiots in traffic, and drop down exhausted at your desk at 8:10, you have set the tone for your day. Everything will seem like pressure and your best efforts will be greatly diluted.