Engaging the Important Events of Life
Years ago I read an amazing article from Charles Hummel titled, "The Tyranny of the Urgent". The article was well-written and helped me understand some things about my own time management.
This blog is written specifically for the student who is juggling a busy life. Whether you are a student living on campus or if you are an online student with family responsibilities, we all have to choose our priorities.
I was an online student at one time and I remember the challenges of just balancing life. This included:
- School work
- A full-time job
- Time with my wife and children
- Sunday school preparation
- Birthday parties
- Vacations and holidays with family
- and so much more
The ongoing question is this: How do we create a balance in our life when we are so busy?
We read in Mark 1:35, "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed."
I am intrigued by Jesus' intentionality to get away and pray. I'm also intrigued that He made a deliberate decision to not spend all of his time with people. Sometimes, we have to make a decision to do what is most important.
Here's some advice.
Determine what is truly important in your life and do those things. These important life events may include:
- Time with family
- Your personal Bible reading time or devotions
- Time in prayer
- Date night with your spouse
- Play time / game night with your family
- Study time for your classes
- Church attendance (with your family)
Do not feel obligated to do the urgent things. "No" is a good option. Here are some examples:
- "No, I cannot help you tomorrow morning because I am spending that time with my kids."
- "No, I have dedicated that time to my spouse."
- "I'm sorry, I cannot do that. I have an important meeting in my driveway with my children and a basketball during that time."
- "I cannot do that next Friday at 6:00 p.m. as that is when my family sits down for supper together."
- "No, that will not work. I am studying for a class and cannot interrupt that time."
You get the point.
Be sure to be intentional and engage in the important events of life.
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