THE IMPORTANCE OF WALKING WITH GOD VS the barrenness of a busy life

“Those who walk with God have learned the secret of having quiet times with Him in personal devotion.”

A public man though he is necessarily available at many times must learn
to hide. If he is always available, he is not worth enough when he is
available.

They’ll know ye’ve been by the lights ye have lit. All those who walk
with God will be like a lamplighter. They’ll be instruments in the hands
of God to light up the lives if those who live in spiritual darkness.

As we walk with God in life, we will be used by the Lord to reach many
others with the wonderful message of Jesus Christ.

Those who walk with God will by their daily life, example, and words
share with others the precious gospel of Jesus Christ. It is impossible
to truly walk with God and continually fail to tell others about their
need of Jesus Christ.

Time management takes discipline.
To manage our time wisely takes discipline. A disciplined life will be a
fruitful and successful life.

The Lord expects of us daily what is reasonable and achievable.

The conflicts and pressures we experience usually arise as we confuse
human desires or pressures either our own or those of someone else–with
the duties God expects us to fulfill.

It takes a great deal of wisdom and courage to not be robbed of our
time. We need to avoid those things that waste our time. We need to
avoid those individuals who would waste our time. Time is too valuable
to waste on nonessentials. There is nothing wrong with taking time for
disciplined relaxaion or rest, but we must be careful of wasting huge
chunks of our days doing nothing of value.

“Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Beware of barrenness of a busy life.–Fred Mitchell

MacDonald, “[Busy people] rarely think they have accomplished enough,
they seize every available minute to attend more meetings, to study more
material, to initiate more projects. They operate on the precept that a
reputation for busyness is a sign of success and personal importance.
Thus, they attempt to impress people with the fulness of their schedule.
They may even express a high level of self-pity, bemoaning the “trap” of
responsibility they claim to be in, wishing aloud that there was some
possible release from all that they have to live with. But just try to
suggest a way out.”

The truth is that the very worst thing that could happen to them would
be if someone provided them with a way out. They really wouldn’t know
what to do with themselves if there were suddenly less to do.
Busyness for the driven person becomes a habit, a way of life and
thought. They find it enjoyable to complain and gather pity, and they
would probably not want it any different. But tell a driven person that,
and you’ll make him angry.
——

ABOUT LAZINESS

According to proverbs, lazy person will:
a. be poor (prov. 10:4)
b. irritate those around him (Prov 10:26)
c. severe someone else (Prov 12:24)
d. never be satisfied (Prov 13:4)
e. have difficult obstacles to observe (Prov 15:19)
f. be paranoid of unrealistic danger (Prov 22:13)

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REST TIME IS NOT WASTED TIME

Taking time to rest and replenish your strength and health is not wasted
time. An old saying goes that, “Sometimes we may do more by doing less.”

Pastor David Ireland tells a story: “One day, a man challenged another
to an all-day wood chopping contest. The challenger worked very hard,
stopping only for a brief lunch break.

The other man had a leisurely lunch and took several breaks during the
day. At the end of the day, the challenger was surprised and annoyed to
find that the other fellow had chopped substantially more wood than he
had. “I don’t get it,” he said.

“But you didn’t notice,” said the winning woodsman, “that when I sat
down to rest, I was sharpening my ax.”

Often busy people are living a barren and meaningless lives. Know how to
use your time wisely for it is a gift from God, and once spent can never
be brought back again.”

“Wasting time is just as serious as breaking any of the Ten
Commandments. The Lord alloted us a certain amount of time on earth and
wasting it is being ungrateful and selfish, not only to the God above,
but to our fellow citizens.” –Bob Feller

“How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your
money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.” —
David B. Norris

“Kill time and you murder opportunity.” –Anonymous

“Right now counts forever.” –R.C. Sproul

“Time is not a commodity that can be stored for future use. It must be
invested hour by hour, or else it is gone for ever.” –Thomas Edison

“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or
help you sleep at night.” –Marian Wright Edelman

“If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money
can’t buy.” (old proverb)

“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what
you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be
yours.” Ray Kroc

(source: LIVING FOR JESUS, Robert L. Dickie)

To God be the glory!

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