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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Learning To Un-stuff My Schedule

In summary of Proverbs 16:9 it says, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”

Bottom line:
You may make your plans, but God directs your actions.

What this means to me:
I think that I’m making my own plans however God is really directing what happens. Somehow God sees everything even the choices I make with my free will and he works it all into his plans. I have no idea how he does this. But is it good to know that God is in control. So what can I do to somewhat “un-stuff” my schedule. All too frequently I get to the end of the day and think “wow, did I accomplish anything worthwhile today?” Where did the time all go? Ultimately If I don’t end up mastering and controlling my schedule it will end up mastering me. God’s word suggests several things to help reduce the stress of my schedule and in turn increase my margin. First, I need to be sure to line up my priorities -- I don't have time to do everything, so I must make choices and decide what's really important and what isn't. Part of this is considering the overall direction of my life. The Bible says, "An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions" (Proverbs 17:24 GNT); "It is stupid to waste time on useless projects" (Proverbs 12:11 GNT); "We should make plans - counting on God to direct us" (Proverbs 16:9 LB). Next, lighten up my attitude -- I really do not have to do everything on the to-do list? I’m not being forced and often I look at my list and impose my own stress. The Bible says, "Worry weighs us down . . ." (Proverbs 12:25 MSG); "A relaxed attitude lengthens a man's life" (Proverbs 14:30 LB); "Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time" (Proverbs 17:22 GNT). Lastly, look up to God -- Stress should always a warning light or indicator that I've taken my focus off God and I’m now looking at my problems from your limited viewpoint. Overall, the single greatest cause of stress in my life is from taking myself too seriously and not taking God seriously enough!