In the Christian world, we often talk about “stewardship” in terms of money.
However, from God’s perspective, stewardship is about so much more than money!
Being a good “steward” is about being a good MANAGER of all that God has entrusted to us.
That includes how we spend our time!
In fact, I would even be so bold to suggest that TIME management is more important than MONEY management, because how we spend our TIME greatly affects how we spend our money!
Currently, through a Re-Read of Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald, I was reminded once again that for me to be everything that God wants me to be, I must think of my time just like my money:
I must track where I’m spending it.
I must separate, not just in my mind, but on paper, fixed expenditures, from variable expenditures.
I must plan ahead.
I must think in terms of budget categories.
I must reserve some on myself, for my own personal health and vitality.
If I don’t decide where to spend it, other people will decide it for me!
I must say “No” to the good things to say “Yes” to the best things.
It all belongs to God, so I must ask myself daily: “Is God happy with the way I managed it today?”
Final note: I learned early in my ministry that there are three things you can do with your time: Waste it, spend it, or invest it. I am now, in the wisdom of many years of experience, learning how to invest it.