Spot Check

Life gets away from us. Time flows so quickly, a year is gone before we know it. We are dealing with so many right-now needs that we don’t realize all that we are doing over time. Emergency mode can take over and planning fades to the back.

Our focus onĀ big responsibilities can be hard to keep. We know some things are important, but making time can be hard. Dragging our eyes off the crisis to the crucial is difficult. Keeping priorities front and center is usually hard work.

One thing that will help is regularly taking time to regroup. It may only be a few minutes — on a car ride, maybe, or while washing dishes — but it will be good for you. If you can grab a little more time, look at your calendar as a prompt.

  • How are you really spending your time? Does that match up with your priorities?
  • Have you added a lot of stuff that you didn’t plan on? Do you have room for that or do you need to look at saying “No” to something for now?
  • Are the tools you use doing what you need, or do you need to find something that works better?
  • Do you need help?

Sometimes you find something to change, and that helps you going forward. Sometimes you find that your time is being used well for that to which you are called today. Take that encouragement and walk on. Either way, spot checks give you confidence that you are not letting “life” get away from you, that you are managing your time and activities wisely.

Every Hour’s Worth

“There is no hour that is worthless because it can all be brought under the umbrella of worship.” — Paul Snyder

Some days you wonder — what good was there? Did anything that was done matter? Why bother?

Yes. It matters. Everything we do, whether it was in the plan for the day or an unexpected change in schedule, has worth. The potential is great. Each moment, every hour, is an opportunity to love God and love our neighbor, glorifying God in what we do and how we do it. Each little thing can be a treasure when offered as worship to the Almighty God.

Fuel for this purpose can be found daily in time with God and His Word. Focused time with God carries over so that we are responding to Him in all that we do, not responding to all the little things going on throughout the day. Even a few minutes meditating on Scripture and praying will set the tone for the hours to come.

So today, let’s turn our eyes to Jesus and worship Him with every hour.