Growth as Person, Disciple, and Sunday School Leader Requires Wise Use of Time

Wednesday 19th December, 2007

When I began thinking about my trip to Montana in May, I looked at the schedule for the two meetings I would attend (back to back without a break in the middle). One began Monday at 1:00 PM and the other ended Friday at Noon. I realized there would be two free blocks of time in the middle (Tuesday and Thursday afternoon). But I also realized that Yellowstone National Park was big. I assumed I would need time after the meetings to be able to see more of it (and it was needed).

That thinking impacted my airline reservation search. I had to decide which airport to fly into. There were many choices with none that were convenient and affordable. Having been to Montana back in 1995, I knew about the beauty of the area within an hour of Billings. I found flights into Billings were much more affordable and rental cars were as well. I decided to drive 3.5 hours each way from Billings to West Yellowstone where our meetings would be held. Those decisions then impacted the dates and places for hotel reservations.

Why am I telling you a travel story? It has to do with scheduling our time for what we want/need to do. If I had not taken a long, hard look and scheduled to allow some sightseeing time, I would have missed a lot of Yellowstone! This took scheduling and planning.

As a person, disciple, and Sunday School leader, who is in charge of your schedule? Each of us can allow others to determine our schedule, or we can take charge of it (or better yet, give God control of our schedule). Yes, I know that some of it is out of our control, but frequently much of it is out of our control because we exert no control. In my experience, work always expands to fill up all of the allotted time PLUS some.

Consider some of these suggestions for how to make wise use of your time:

Want to become more effective in the year ahead? Begin now to make plans to address your use of time. Pray for God's leadership and help. Seek and enlist an accountability partner. Take time to list tasks and to prioritize. Be intentional as a person, disciple, and Sunday School leader in your use of your time! Be revolutionary!

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