The most valuable asset that God has given you is TIME. Time is not a renewable resource. You can never get time back.

Leaders feel their time being taxed and stretched everyday. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of your daily work schedule. And often times you probably feel that you have lost control of your own time. Time is too valuable of a resource to allow outside forces to control it.

Step 1 – See time the way God sees time. It is only then that you will be able to make the most of your time.

Life is short and Eternity is forever!

Fully grasp that your time on this earth is extremely short. Whether you live 1 year, 10 years, 30 years, or 90 years, in relationship to eternity it is but a blink of an eye.

Psalm 90 records a prayer of Moses where he recognizes that our time on earth is limited; therefore we should use it wisely not living for the moment, but with eternity in mind. He ends the prayer in verse 17:

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.

Jesus provides a great model for you on how to “establish the work of your hands” and use your time.

  1. Submit fully to God’s plan for your life. Jesus locked down on the purpose for his life and all his activities were a reflection of advancing that purpose. Once you have discerned God’s purpose for your life, allow that to be your guide. Everything you do should be towards advancing that purpose. If an activity or meeting does not advance your purpose, clear it from your schedule.
  2. Be directly accountable to God for how you are spending your time. Realizing that your time on this earth is very short, you need to be accountable to staying focused on things eternal. Taking time to have a conversation with an employee who is hurting, might take precedence over sitting in your office catching up on email and paperwork.
  3. Live with the purpose of glorifying God and accomplishing all he has given you to do. Be truly present. Accept the fact that God has a purpose for all aspects of your life including the good and the bad times. He has uniquely gifted you so that you might glorify him. You don’t need to go into the mission field or ministry to serve the Lord. You can serve and glorify Him daily in your present circumstances.
  4. Always be grateful for your current circumstances. Don’t waste a season of your life just because you might not understand what God is doing at that time. Your job is not to always understand God, but to always trust that God has made everything beautiful in its time. Taking time to be thankful for all your blessings is always a great use of your time.
  5. Be generous with your time for others. If you invest your time in doing good and thinking about the betterment of others, you will be more satisfied with your time. Jesus got up everyday thinking about how he could serve others. God has called us to that same model of servant leadership. You don’t need to expand the time you have, you just need to narrow your priorities.

Don’t put this important issue off for another day. Take control of how you are spending your time. You will never get your time back.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12


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MARK Deterding is an author, speaker, consultant, executive coach and the founder of Triune Leadership Services, LLC. His purpose is to work with leaders to help them develop core servant leadership capabilities that allow them to lead at a higher level and enable them to achieve their God-given potential. He has written two books, A Model of Servant Leadership, and Leading Jesus’ Way. With over three decades of experience directing companies and developing leaders, Mark created A Model of Servant Leadership parallel to the principles that Jesus himself illustrated. Working with organizations, leadership teams, and executives one-on-one, he helps bring focus, clarity, and action to make things work. He also conducts training programs to teach faith-based servant leadership principles. His greatest passion is seeing the impact servant leadership has on people’s lives and beyond. Prior to Triune Leadership Services he worked for 35 years in the printing industry holding senior leadership positions at Taylor Corporation, RR Donnelly, and Banta Corporation. He is an accomplished executive with a proven track record for developing purpose-driven; values based teams that drive culture improvement, enhanced employee passion, and improved business results. He is featured in Ken Blanchard’s book “Leading at a Higher Level”, and has been a featured speaker for the Ken Blanchard Companies Executive Forum in both 2007 and 2011. Mark lives in Alexandria, Minnesota with his wife Kim. They have two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and three grandchildren, so far. To find out more about Mark and his work, visit Triune Leadership Services via the Link adjacent his Photo above.
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The stupidity of men is such that one feels in debt for worthless and insignificant things, which always could be offset, and, however, no one feels in debt for the time they take to others, just the time, the only thing that even the most grateful cannot return (Seneca).