Life Management of the Heart

 Life Management of the Heart by Jim & Elizabeth George

 

 I’ve made a life-long study of time and life management. This subject became so interesting to me because the first 30 years of my life, and early stages of marriage, were characterized by miss-management, lack of direction, and frenzied frustration.

But this discussion will include nothing about day-planners or to-do lists. Surprised? I found that the state of the heart has the greatest impact on the way I prioritized the daily tasks in my life—and that nothing makes as big of a difference in living a peaceful life as contentment.

While not always realizing it, discontentment guides a lot of the activity and busyness in our lives. We are often working more, spending more, scheduling our kids for more, and pressuring others for more because of an insecurity or feeling of lack in our life. To better assess necessary versus unnecessary activities in our lives then we must look at what is driving our hearts.

The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 6:6 that “god­liness with contentment is great gain” and gives us these instructions on contentment from his own life, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound” (Philippians 4:11).

Contentment is learned. Paul says he learned to be content! This gives us hope and encouragement. Contentment is not something that comes automatically with salvation. And con­tentment is not a fruit of the Spirit which we enjoy when we are walking in the Spirit. No, contentment is learned.

Contentment is not based on circum­stances, but on the person of Christ. You and I possess all the true riches of heaven, both here on earth, and held in trust for us in heaven to come. In God, precious one, you and I have all that we need both now and forever, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Contentment is required whether you have little or much. Do you think that having much would cause you to be content? Or do you ever erroneously think, “If I just had a tiny bit more, I’d be content?” Well, the answer is no. In fact, having much can breed a strong desire and lust to have even more. Our desire should be God’s provision of “just enough.” Proverbs 30:7-9 says, “Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die…give me neither poverty nor riches—but, give me only my daily bread. Otherwise I may have too much and disown you, and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and dishonor the name of my God.”

Contentment should guide our actions. “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

These verses tell us where our priorities should lie. They also give us a guide to what our schedules should be full of—His every good work! In our busyness, we should be about the Lord’s business. We know He will provide for our every need rather than us scrambling to fill our every insecurity and discontent.

Better than the latest day-planner or iPhone app, God’s instruction for the heart is the best time-management advice ever! **

RESPOND:

Lord, thank you for providing my every need. Help my heart to be content in You. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES:

Growing In Wisdom and Faith” by Elizabeth George will help you to develop a faith that won’t crumble in life’s trials.

REFLECT:

When you asses your priorities and desires do you find yourself operating out of contentment or discontent?

REMEMBER:

God’s instruction for the heart is the best time-management advice ever.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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