Here’s a great end-of-the-day exercise: Evaluate your day and note what you did that wasted time—too much TV or internet? Too much texting? Too much negotiating bath and bedtime with your kids? The Bible just happens to have a checklist that shows you your priorities. Take a look at Titus 2:3-5: “Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands” (NIV).
Make these “essentials” your priorities. Plan them into your days with intention and deliberation. You’ll be amazed at the positive changes in your use of time. And it’ll make a huge difference in what you focus on and how you spend your days.
Lord, thank You for the inspiration of knowing Your life essentials. I need a giant boost of hope and energy. Help me remember to wake up each morning excited to practice Your priorities—to make my time count!