This readable book deals with the issue of managing our time, and since it is a short book you should be able to find the time to read it. If you do, you should find it helpful in finding ways to ensure that you use your limited amount of time to suit the priorities God gives to you.
As the author points out, there are two ways by which we can waste our time – one is by doing nothing and the other is by doing the wrong things. Obviously we have to find out what are our priorities and then work out how to do them for God.
We have to be on guard against one of the outlooks of contemporary life, which is that it is always good to look busy, even although we can be overburdened by what we are doing and end up stressed. This idea can be fed by our desire to please others or by our wish to regard ourselves as achievers. Yet we can become so burdened with activities that we misuse our time. Nevertheless we know that following Jesus should be characterised by rest (Matt. 11:28-30).
Sometimes we deal with priorities by ranking them in order of importance. The author argues that there is one important priority, which is to spend time daily with Jesus, because that is more important than doing things for Jesus – of course, we all know about Mary and Martha and how Jesus commended Mary for spending time with him. Normally, spending time with him enables us to engage better with other important aspects of life.
The author gives a chapter each to several areas of life that require time – work, family, church, leisure, and sleep – and provides helpful comments on each of them, suggesting how we can avoid wrong uses of our time and ensure that instead we use our time wisely.
I found helpful his comments in a section called ‘What does the Lord expect you to do?’ They are (1) we are to serve the Lord in every area of life, (2) Christians have more commitments than others, (3) some Christians can do more than other Christians, and it is a mistake for those who cannot to attempt to do so, (4) we cannot do everything that we would like to do, (5) and we should pray for wisdom to know what to do. Obvious, we know, but then often we don’t do the obvious.
So if I were you, I would find the time to read this book.
This review appeared in the November 2015 issue of the Record of the Free Church of Scotland.