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April 6th, 2011

by Bobby Gruenewald

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A Weird Approach to Time Management

Over the next few days, I’d like to share some of my favorite parts from Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working. In the book, Craig looks at what it means to be weird in five key areas: time, money, relationships, sex, and values. Today’s excerpt tackles time:

We’re always rushed, always on the move, never having enough time. Almost everyone I know has little room for error in their schedule. Tragically, most people have little time for the things in life that they would say are the most important to them. When we overschedule ourselves in the belief that we can do everything, we stop being human and try to become godlike — not only impossible but also incredibly arrogant. Most of us are living at a pace that is not only unsustainable; it’s also unbiblical.

Instead of our typical conclusion that we simply don’t have enough time, what if we embraced the truth — no matter how weird or counterintuitive it might seem?

You have enough time to do everything God wants you to do.

God has given you everything you need to accomplish all that he wants you to do, including enough time (see 2 Peter 1:3). We don’t need more time. We need to use the time we already have differently. You have time for what you choose to invest your time in. Every day most of us say, “I just don’t have time to work out . . . to read the Bible . . . to go to church this week . . . to meet for lunch . . . to add one more thing.” But the truth is, we find time for what’s important to us. If golf is really a priority to us, we find time to play golf. If going to dinner with our friends matters, we make it happen. If tanning, working out, or getting our hair cut is a priority, we seem to find time. Catch yourself the next time you’re about to say, “I don’t have time” for something. Tell yourself the truth: either it’s not a priority and you’re guarding your time for good reason, or you simply aren’t willing to choose to spend your time on it.

Great challenge for me. How about you?

If you are tired of being normal…you should get weird! You can get it in print or download it from:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Mardel

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  1. Apr 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you for this timely word. We just discussed this exact thing in our Lifegroup today! One of the ladies almost didn’t go to church and felt convicted that she was overscheduling herself. She went to church and was UBER-blessed during worship. The experience left an undeniable impression of how important it is to keep God first in time and scheduling.

  2. 2Steve Kirkeby
    Apr 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Over the past several years I have made some major changes with how I schedule my time. I made one change that has impacted me greatly, I have chosen not to use drive up windows for anything (Banking, coffee, food). If I want any of these things I have to stop get out of my car and walk in. It help me to slow down, opens up opportunities to have great conservations with employees and customers that I meet inside. It naturally slows down my pace and I really don’t feel as rushed as I once did. What is amazing is that I still get everything I need to do done everyday.

  3. May 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    As a missionary I felt pressure to keep up the schedules of what I think supporting churches expect of me. However, a few years ago I started to see what that was doing to many other missionaries around me. It wasn’t worth losing my health and family to keep up with someone else’s expectations and in turn also lose my ministry. Taking time to have a right relationship with God in everything (family, health, sanity, schedule, etc.) is what will help me serve Him longer.

  4. 4Mandi
    May 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    So true! I have struggled with time management my entire life! Growing up in a chaotic home, although a valid explanation for where I learned my bad habits, has also been a crutch for me. When making poor choices for use of time, I would often say, “Well, it’s just so hard to master this when I grew up without structure, proper teaching of time management, etc.” What God has been showing me more recently, is that I am the only one who decides how to utilize time. Therefore, the responsibility is mine, as well as the consequences if I choose poorly! This comment is more for myself than others. Kind of like an online confession! But, I hope in “putting myself on notice”, someone else might feel encouraged and empowered to take charge of their time, and take back their life! Praise God for the Holy Spirit and His never ending work in our lives! I pray that I will be more submissive and attentive to His voice, and any who read this will be too!