The following article by Charles Stanley explains how to maximize the use of our time in order to live productive, fruitful lives.
"I have friends who can get the work of three people done in a single day, but some folks I know, no matter how hard they try, never seem to cross a single item off their to-do lists. Now, the difference between these people is probably not a matter of ability. Some of us just have a better sense of time management than others. And this skill is essential because we are all responsible to God for how we use our time: If we’re going to accomplish all He’s planned, we must learn how to invest it for His purposes. That’s not to say every second of the day must be spent in certain ways. We simply need a balanced schedule.
The goal is to be proactive, not reactive.
Those who just react to the demands of the day are shortsighted in their approach. The Lord has a custom-designed purpose for every person, and He has perfectly placed each of us to accomplish His goals. Instead of coming to the end of our days and wondering what we’ve achieved, wouldn’t it be better to finish life like the apostle Paul, who was able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7)?
When Paul wrote to the Ephesians, he gave some very helpful instructions regarding the use of time: “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:15-17)."
Read the entire article here.