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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Biblical Interview on Time Management

Pastor Clark, Pastors in Oregon, Illinois at First Baptist Church
Interviewed on Time Management

Q.  Are good time management skills a responsibility of a christian?

A.  YES! And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3: 23, Also the ant spoken of in Proverbs 6:6, The ant works hard, and is unsupervised.

Q. What scripture verses could you mention about being responsible with time?

A. Psalm 90: 12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Also Ephesians 5: 15-16, which says See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Q.Attending Church in some Christians eyes, is one thing that can be pushed off the schedule if in a crunch. as a Pastor, how would you respond to that?

A.  There are times when a Christian is unable to attend church, however it should not become a norm, or a pattern. If a Christian does not have time to attend church regularly he is to busy. One must set priorities, and as Christians, the Lord needs to be at the top of that list.

Q. Do any specific Bible Stories come to mind about responsibilty with time, or using time wisely?

        Positive: Paul wrote epistles to churches when he was in prison, Paul did not simply say, well what am I supposed to do? I am in prison? He did the exact opposite and utilized his time, for the Lord. Also, reading about the life of Christ, He and the disciples, worked and ministered very long days. Amongst this hard work, Christ would oft times tell his disciples to rest.
        Negative: Exodus 32, when Moses was gone, the Israelite's used there time unwisely, and strayed from God. If they would have used the time wisely instead of selfishly, they never would have gone through the golden calf incident, which cost them dearly!

Q. Do you have any tips or advice for those who struggle with time management?

A. My advice would be to take a week or two and journal their time, keep a notebook, and journal your time, and evaluate after a 2 week period, then overview and see where changes need to be made. If  people struggling with weight start writing down all that they are eating, they will take more notice to what they are eating and make necessary changes. Also, avoid unnecessary interruptions, emails, news, face-book. Recognize unimportant time-wasters

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