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Daily Devotional: Flourish (Day 5)

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Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

Flourish Day 4

A day holds a lot of time: 24 hours. 1,440 minutes. 86,400 seconds. Yet, how often do we say “I wish I had more time!” We over-do, we over-commit, we over-schedule and then we wonder why we want more time each day. What does this say about our priorities?

How do you decide how you will spend your day? We are taught that our possessions and our money are really not ours; that they belong to God. But what about our time? Rick Grubbs with “LifeChanging Seminars” and host of the radio show, “Redeeming the Time.” says “We need to make the connection between how we spend our time today and what the result of that time spent will be in eternity. Once we have that as a frame of reference—that life is short and eternity is not—we realize how important our time is, since what we do in this short period of time in this world will have results for all of eternity.” Being a good steward of the time that God has given us means prioritizing what is important and saying “no” to that which is not.

Just as we like to keep out homes free from clutter, we should do the same with our time. By saying “yes” to everything, we fill our days with clutter and we get lost in all that we have on our schedule. Before taking on any new projects, stop and pray and then wait to answer “yes” or “no.” Ask yourself these two questions: “What will be the result of this activity in five years?” “What will be the result of this activity in eternity?” No matter how good or helpful it is, not every opportunity is necessarily right for you at this moment. Keeping uppermost in our minds that our time is on loan from God will help us become better managers of that time.

In managing your time, where does God fit into your daily priorities? Do you start the day with Him or do you try to squeeze Him in before falling asleep at night? When our lives are full of the clutter of over-scheduling, it can be hard to find room for Him. Using the analogy of a garden, think of all the things you have over-committed to as weeds. If left to grow unchecked, those weeds will choke out the plants and overtake the garden. Removing them gives the healthy plants room to grow and flourish. Pulling them creates order out of the chaos of an overgrown garden.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with too full of a schedule? As we leave behind the season of summer and begin the busyness that accompanies the season of fall, take the time to cultivate your garden and choose which weeds need to pulled. Make your garden a healthy one!

Today’s Prayer

Help us to put you first in our lives, God. Give us the confidence to say no to over-scheduling and over-committing. Make our hours count and keep us from becoming like hamsters on a wheel… spinning and spinning and not going anywhere.

Devotional Scripture

Psalm 90:12 New International Version (NIV)
“Teach us to number our days; that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at mommapfluegs@gmail.com.

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