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Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019 MANAGING OUR TIME

There are many programs, classes and books about time management. There are theories, practices and quotes as well. We can learn all of these and still never manage our time well. We can worry about not having enough time in the day. We can worry about not getting things done. We can worry about getting off track during the day. However, all of the time management programs and worry is useless. Managing our time begins with God. Focusing on Him will help us get the important things done and remove the worry from our lives.

SCRIPTURE:
Ephesians 5:16-17 “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write about how you manage your time.
2. List what you worry about not getting done.
3. Know God’s plan for your life is to focus on Him.
4. Start your day with Him and seek to do His will for your lives.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we are busy. We get up and start our day thinking about all we have to do rather than thinking about You. If we would only spend our mornings sitting quietly with You and seeking Your peace and grace and mercy, then we would understand better what is most important in our lives. We want to stop worrying about all we have to do and start living solely for You. Help us today, Lord, we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We are called to make wise decisions and make the most of every opportunity. If we are worried about something in our lives, we can’t focus on God or His will for us.

Colossians 4:5 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” (NIV)

We need to schedule quiet time with God to center ourselves to focus on Him and prepare us for our day rather than worry about what we have to do.

Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” (NLT)

Instead of worrying about our plans we need to allow God to guide us according to His will.

FOCUS:
Proverbs 16:9 “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” (NLT)
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