168 Hours…So Little Devoted to God

I just completed a 168-hour log of every minute of my day. That’s seven days of logging my time. After I finished the assessment, I had to write a summary and analysis and sadly, last week, only 4.75 hours of my week were devoted to studying God’s word and worshipping. Granted it was a busy week and 4 days of it were away from home, but it’s still sad.

I wasted plenty of time on nothing, spent enough time on the Internet to add up to a factory shift, and spent one fifth of the week looking at the backs of my eyelids. But in the end, God had only 2.8 percent of my week. Sure, I snuck some God-moments in my multitasking. I heard sermons in the car, songs on the radio, and studied the Bible during part of my homework, but I didn’t listen quietly to His voice. In fact, only one percent of my time was really spent in uninterrupted time with the One whom I claim as Lord of my life.

168 hours….what will I do with it this week?

Planning and Prioritizing

I challenged myself to spend some time applying what I have learned in school this week about prioritizing tasks. In seeking God, the scripture reminded me that Jesus’’ purpose was to give life in all its fullness (John 10:10). Because of his purpose, I have purpose. If he gives life in all its fullness, it is my responsibility to live it in all its fullness. But how can I live life to the fullest when I’’m randomly moving from one activity to another?

I started with a blank calendar in front of me and filled in my priorities to accomplish this week. It looks so easy on paper, with blank spaces even. Of course, I didn’’t block in “”wasted time””. It is the wasted time that robs me of the ability to accomplish what I need to!

Psalm 37:23-24 says, ““If the LORD delights in a man’’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”” Today, I long for God to delight in what I have placed on my planning list for the week; that He would make my steps firm and have me firmly in the grip of His hand.