As you get close to the end of your Spring term, it will begin to feel like your schedule is getting very full. You are past your mid-term exams and you’re getting ready for the big projects due at the end of the school year. Plus you’re just starting to think about those big finals you’ll be faced with soon.
Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
The writer here in Psalms indicates that the number of our years on earth is relatively short and we should use our time wisely.
Ephesians 5:15-16 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
Here the Apostle Paul says that we should walk wisely and live carefully. We also need to see every day and every hour as an opportunity to glorify God. Why? Because the days we’re living in can be evil, through the influences of the culture and people around us.
What do you do when your schedule starts feeling tight? Now is a good time to take a fresh look at your schedule. Everybody has 168 hours a week. Here are some key steps to try. Ask God to give you wisdom as you work through this exercise.
1. Print out a calendar and separate it into 30-minute increments if possible. Use google calendar or Microsoft Outlook calendar to print a blank weekly calendar in landscape format.
2. Now plug in all your non-negotiable, weekly events. Excluding ministry activities. Start by writing in your classes. Now write in your study time, campus commitments, sleep, exercise, meal times, church and employment if you have a job.
3. Now look at your calendar and see how many hours you have left in your week. Those could be potential hours for you to engage in ministry.
4. Can you shift some of your more flexible weekly events so that you can open up some hours to disciple a student, attend the weekly meeting/Bible studies, prayer meeting, do evangelism on campus and attend the ministries social/party events?
The schedule is in your hands. How will you use your time? If it’s possible, take this tip and turn it into a Bible study. This can help everyone realize that they can do a great job with their studies, while at the same time helping to change the campus for eternity, through involvement in ministry.
Talk to you next week,
Ben Rivera/The GodSquad Team