TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, August 15, 2018:
The terminal point in a race; the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; purpose; intent.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away -- You ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”
Conduct yourselves with wisdom -- making the most of the opportunity.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Yesterday we discussed together the importance of managing our time wisely and making the most of every opportunity. Many people today admit they have time regrets.
Everyone has their dreams of what they want in life. For many their dreams are never achieved. Many people we know dream of having a comfortable retirement. Many wait until they are 65 and then start to plan how to work out their retirement funding and what they will or will not do. One must start early in life to make goals not only about retirement but about their life service for their Lord.
You need to make your goals part of your everyday schedule. Once you have set what you want to achieve in the rest of your life you should fill your calendar daily with things that will help you reach your goal.
One useful tool for time management to help you reach your goals is to have a daily TO DO LIST. Take the time at the end of the day to make your list for the next day. This list will include the urgent things you know you need to accomplish that will produce long term success for you. You need to always keep your long-term goals in mind.
You need to allow your most important priorities to determine your schedule. Here are three things we have learned over the years.
First, allow time for relaxation and above all plan time to spend with your Lord and Savior, Jesus. God never intended us to work 24/7. In Exodus 20 we read that, “six days you shall labor but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God.” The sabbath is a day of worship but also a finish line for us concerning work projects for the week.
Secondly, your schedule needs to be flexible enough to cover for bad days when your work load is heavy such as the day after a vacation.
Thirdly, allow time in your daily schedule for interruptions. As you know some of Jesus’ most famous miracles and most important discourses came as a result of an interruption. Take the time to read James 4:13-15. Your plans may not go as planned, often it may be wise to stop and consider if what you are planning is according to God’s will for you. You also need to remember that as you set goals for your life they are always subject to the sovereignty of God.
Whatever goals we set for ourselves must never take priority over the goal God has set for us which is to make us like Christ for we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
Our memory verse for this week is found in Romans 8:14.
Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.
Help me, dear Lord to live my life without regrets, especially in how I use my time. Help me to set goals in my life that will conform me for your goal for my life to become conformed to Your image.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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