Outta Time

I remember the Back To The Future movies when they came out.  Marty McFly changing his destiny and family tree for better and for worse.  

Even as a kid I got a clear message from the plot.  If you mess with time, time will mess with you. 

This morning, one of the podcasts I listen to talked about how we should slow down to be more productive.  If you take the time to think it through before you begin, studies show you will be more successful.  

I had to chuckle at myself as I am tackling one of the most hectic weeks in recent memory.  (And I thought Christmas was bad.)  

Jer. 2:25 Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry.  But you said, ‘It’s no use!  I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.’ (NIV) 

In essence, Jeremiah is saying, "Slow down!"  But you say, "I can't!"  Has time become an idol in your life?  Do you worship at the feet of a schedule and pray to God for more time?  Do you chase time, try to catch time, or make time?  These are indications that something may be wrong.  Now from time to time, yes, we get overwhelmed.  But is every week of your life a scheduling nightmare?  If so, then you need to make some changes.  If you mess with time, time will mess with you.

Pray for priorities.  Ask God to help you prioritize your life and determine where you need to really be investing your time. 

Don't give it away.  Yes, you have to be at work on time.  But don't allow others to dictate every minute of your life. 

Learn from the masters.  There are people around you who understand your dilemma.  Talk to them (not the ones popping Tums and taking Tylenol).  Talk to people who know how to do the next thing.  

Learn to say NO!  Once you have your priorities and schedule in place, defend it with your life.  Say no to distractions.  Say no to temptations.  Say no. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, time is an idol in my life.  I need to make some changes.  Lead me.  AMEN