Monday, April 1, 2013

Keeping My Calendar With God

Years ago when I used to teach sales agents some time management skills, I would tell them that one of the key principles of time management is that it you don’t plan your time someone else will, and you will likely get to the end of your day with not much done that you had hoped to accomplish. It does not mean that it is a less than productive day. But it does mean that there may be some things that were important to do, which may not have been tackled simply because you didn’t stop to think about them. One of the great benefits of stopping to plan your time is that you know what things can be moved or changed, and what things can be put off if something comes along that changes what you had laid out. It is not about the list.

Today Sarah writes about being in constant communion with God, listening for His leading and His instruction in your life both through prayer and in meditating on His Word. It is here that we take time to place ourselves before our God who will direct our steps to consider where He would have us put those steps. It is also in communion with Him throughout the day that we respond to changes or issues that come along, and seek His leading for how to adjust to them. It is about awareness.

Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (4/1)

I am calling you to a life of constant communion with Me. Basic training includes learning to live above your circumstances, even while interacting on that cluttered plane of life. You yearn for a simplified lifestyle, so that your communication with Me can be uninterrupted. But I challenge you to relinquish the fantasy of an uncluttered world. Accept each day just as it comes, and find Me in the midst of it all.

Talk with Me about every aspect of your day, including your feelings. Remember that your ultimate goal is not to control or fix everything around you; it is to keep communing with Me. A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life. Instead ask My Spirit to guide you moment by moment. He will keep you close to Me.

Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

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