Making the Most of Your Time … Every Day

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Do you ever end the day with the sense you didn’t do anything, even though your checked off to do list suggests otherwise?

Earlier this month I was reading Psalm 90 during my quiet time.  This prayer of Moses is rich with praise and insight. One of my favorite verses is the 12:

So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. {ESV}

But I love the way the New Living Translation renders these words …

Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.

I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to have a thousand reasons I want to use my time well—but far too often, growing in wisdom isn’t one of them. In fact, I am the often the opposite. I believe my wisdom will help me use my time better.  I look at time management.

But God calls us to more than management. He calls us to time maximization. While the world around us beckons with instruction about how to do more with the hours we have, His call is much different.  His concern isn’t so much what we do—it’s who we are.

So, how do we heed God’s desire for us to number our days and make the most of our time? While I don’t believe there is always a one-size-fits-all approach for our discipleship, I have learned there are general principles which can be applied in multiple manners depending on one’s personality and season of life.  The following three ideas are the foundation of maximizing the time we have in order to gain wisdom.

Making the Most of Your Time

Prioritize time in the Word.

While I am convinced there is no such thing as a perfect quiet time, I am equally convinced there is an absolute urgency to prioritizing time with in the Word every day.  Psalm 119 is rich with admonition about the value of Scripture.  Verses 9 through 11 read,

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word. With my whole heart I seek You, let me not wander from your commandments1 I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

When we prioritize daily time reading Scripture, we find the guidance we need to keep our eyes focused on Him.

Plan with purpose.

I like to plan out my days, noting what tasks must be done and how I can move forward toward my goals and dreams. But I have learned to hold my plans and to do lists loosely.  Proverbs 16:9 reminds us, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

One of the most practical ways I apply this verse is by looking over my calendar during my quiet time.  As I read over the list and tasks for the day, I ask for wisdom to do what must be done and for grace to accept any interruptions and detours. I remember that people are always more important than plans.

Pray constantly.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 is familiar to most of us, “Pray without ceasing.” But learning to live in this attitude of ongoing conversation with the Lord may not be as simple as memorizing those three words.  I’ve learned how to maintain a prayerful  attitude throughout the day by applying the verses before and after this verse.

I seek opportunities to do good for others {verse 15}, chase joy {verse 16}, and make sure to give thanks for the gifts big and small in my days {verse 18}.

Learning to maximize our days will lead us into greater wisdom … and more intimacy with the Lord as we lean into Him.  And, as Proverbs 1:7, reminds us: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Let us purpose to choose wisdom and make the most of our days!

What is one way you are intentional to make the most of your time?

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Teri Lynne (20 Posts)

Teri Lynne is a word loving, idea slinging, encourager of rest, focus, and embracing life's seasons. Her priorities include good coffee, excellent books, and lingering conversations. She is the author of Parenting from the Overflow and Prayers from the Pews: The Power of Praying for Your Church and the co-author of Self-Publish: Moving from Idea to Product. Teri Lynne and her worship leading husband live with their growing-up-way-too-fast teenage daughter and their ever pitiful basset hound in North Alabama where she finds time to write in between the car line and rotating laundry.


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