“I don’t have time!”
Poverty of time is a modern epidemic. According to the Economist, however, the issue is not our lack of time; it’s our perception of lack.
Here’s a list of 7 things you think you don’t have time for, but you really do:
I was literally working myself to the point of getting sick, when I knew something needed to change in my life. For two years since then, our family has carved out an indispensable weekly “day of rest.” I figured that if God took the time to rest when He didn’t even “need” it, how much more should we develop a rhythm of rest, when our minds and bodies so desperately need it?
It’s a sacrifice to make time for rest, but the cost of not resting is far greater.
Workaholics are bad at rest, but they’re also bad at play. Do you have any hobbies? Healthy people have a healthy balance of work and play. To the workaholic, Solomon writes, “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God” (Ecc. 2:24).
It’s a sacrifice to spend our “productive” time playing, but the cost of not playing is far greater.
Raising four kids and leading a church is time-consuming. I feel the burden of being away from my family every time I exercise. One day, however, I had a mind-blowing revelation: if I don’t exercise, I’m more anxious, more fat, and I die sooner.
It’s a sacrifice to my whole family when I exercise, but the cost of not exercising is far greater... for the whole family.
Most Americans have many acquaintances but few real friendships. In my marriage, we both prioritize the friendships of our spouse. Girls’ nights out, guys’ nights out, and a greater investment in babysitting are all part of the cost of friendship. But the irony is that the more time we spend with friends outside of marriage, the stronger our marriage is. We have more people to lean on when times get tough.
It’s a sacrifice to prioritize friendship, but the cost of being isolated is far greater.
5. MARRIAGE RETREATS
Our marriage counselor recommended that we take 4 weekend trips a year, and at first we started laughing. Then she stone-faced us, and we realized she was serious. We couldn’t imagine
being able to afford the trips or find babysitters or carve out time, but we’ve been practicing it for a few years now and we’re never going back.
It’s a sacrifice to get away with your spouse, but the cost of never getting away is far greater.
6. YOUR PURPOSE
All of us were designed by God with a custom purpose (Eph. 2:10). For a long time, people have told me I need to start writing. I told myself I’ll do it when I’m 50 and my kids are out of the house. Then one day it dawned on me: God never guarantees I’ll live to 50.
Very recently, I began blogging weekly. It’s added a little bit to my already busy schedule, but it actually de-stresses me. When you’re operating in your purpose, it feeds your energy instead of sapping it.
It’s a sacrifice to step into your purpose, but the cost of avoiding it is far greater.
7. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
Trying to grow spiritually without spiritual disciplines (prayer, Bible study, church, etc.) is like trying to grow a plant without watering it. Take it from time-management expert, Martin Luther: “I have so much to do today that I’m going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to be able to get it all done.”
It’s a sacrifice to practice spiritual disciplines, but the cost of not practicing them is far greater.
RULE OF THUMB
The Apostle Peter tells us that God’s “…divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” (2 Pet. 1:3).
Applying this verse to time-management, a good rule of thumb is this:
If it’s a matter of health or faith, you have time.
Nobody has time for everything, but everyone has time for what matters most.