Connect, Lead, Equip: 5 Top Areas of Time Management in Life
Do you think about the landscape of your life? Do you ponder the main elements that need to be balanced? It may help to evaluate life priorities from a biblical perspective. Below are some main Christian life areas for consideration. As you review them, keep in mind that they can overlap and work together. Hopefully the Scriptures below will also be a reminder about the importance of community engagement for both personal and work life.
5 Life Time Management Areas:
- Relationship With God –
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,’” (Matthew 22:37, ESV).
This relationship with Him includes your personal time with the Lord, worship, fellowship, and service.
- Self –
Self-care is important. If we are to effectively meet the demands in the other areas, we need to invest time in keeping ourselves in shape. This includes the physical, emotional, mental…
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life,” (Proverbs 4:23, ESV).
- Family –
“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever,” (1 Timothy 5:8, ESV).
The “care” of your family is physical provision, but it is much more. It is emotional, spiritual care as well. And to care for your spouse and your children means dedicating time.
- Work –
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” (Colossians 3:23, ESV).
God wants us to work at what we enjoy and do our work for him not just for our earthly boss. That means our diligence, our ethics, and the type of work we do needs to be that which is pleasing to him. Now, work may take the largest amount of hours in our week, but that doesn’t make it the most important thing in our life – it is the means to enjoy the other areas, and it can’t be used as an excuse for neglect in the other areas.
- World/Community –
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” (Matthew 22:39, ESV).
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith,” (Galatians 6:10, ESV).
Those are the five critical areas of life management. The key is to take inventory. Analyze and strategize each area of life so that you don’t focus on one area to the detriment of another. You need a strategy for each area of life that promotes progress and achieves a measure of balance.
LifeEquip founder (pastor and author), Glenn C. Stewart, once shared a story where he learned something about the need for balance and giving attention to all critical areas. He had enjoyed doing physical training for a while. But when working out, he felt something snap. His muscles contracted. He had to get treatment for a weak spot area in his lower back that he sometimes skipped in workouts because he didn’t have time. He also didn’t particularly enjoy that part of the workout. After his injury he realized he hadn’t developed sufficient strength in that area to withstand the load he was putting on other areas, so it blew out. He would have to build it up slowly, backing down on the intensity he gave other areas so he could bring the muscle groups along together. He made the comparison that balancing life’s important areas works in a similar way.
We have a tendency to build some life areas up and neglect others. We may build our work life and be doing quite well at it, but neglect or only occasionally give attention to our family life. Or we neglect our relationship with the Lord, or engaging in community, or we overemphasis one to the neglect of others. However, we need to give attention to all five regularly and consistently.