Time is of the Essence
By: Rachel Manning
This age-old saying rings true today. The modern world is increasingly becoming faster and more advanced as new technology shortens the length of everyday tasks. Instead of giving us more time, it instead gives us less, as we are expected to cram multiple tasks into a single timeframe. This can be challenging when we have a lot of other tasks on our to-do list. This is why time management is crucial.
I myself have many upcoming assignments and finals as I near the end of the school year. With these upcoming assignments approaching, my job, my dance class at AFAA, and school sports, I’ve looked to the Bible for guidance on how to best manage my time.
Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV) says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
The devil, our flesh, and sometimes even modern technology are all thieves of our precious time. The Bible tells us to make the best use of our time… all the time. Our days are limited and we are to use our time to glorify God. We can glorify God in everything we do. If we feel that we can’t, we shouldn’t be doing that task. We should be careful to guard our thoughts and manage our attention spans. If we are to focus on God, we shouldn’t let our minds become distracted and go wayward.
Tips on better managing your time:
- Make a list and set goals for completion.
- Don’t overload your already packed schedule. You can say no!!
- Overcome procrastination and complete tasks long before their due date.
- Avoid distractions. For example, leave your phone in a different room until you finish your task.
- During work sessions apply yourself to the very best of your God-given ability.
Time management is definitely an area in which I am learning to improve upon. There have been times when I’ve had to adjust my schedule at work to fit my academic load and even say no to hanging out with friends so I could commit to my studies. Through the teachings of the Bible, I have learned to make every moment count, and I hope you will too.