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The Cost of Redeeming the Time

The Cost of Redeeming the Time

Ephesians 5:15-16 (KJV)
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

I have written before on this phrase “redeeming the time” and the vivid pictures that are created by Paul’s original language. Paul describes the process of making the most of our time in marketplace terms.

To redeem a slave is to buy them and set them free. To redeem our time is to exert effort to rescue our time from slavery to the world, our sin, and our earthly systems and thoughts.

But we forget that redemption isn’t easy.

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Christian Life Strategy: Why Yours May Fail

Why Your Christian Life Strategy May Fail

You’ve determined that you want to live your life well – for the things that count.

Perhaps you have a vague idea of what your life mission is. Maybe you even set aside some time to think deeply and went so far as to write down a life purpose or even 10- and 5-year plans.

But your strategy may fall flat on its face. And your life may still be wasted.

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The Time Management Version of the Prosperity Gospel

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You have probably heard of the so-called “prosperity gospel” – a false teaching that has taken root across America. Smiling preachers with Rolex watches claim that Jesus came to earth to give you health, wealth, and your wildest dreams.

The prosperity gospel is rightfully condemned by many. Unfortunately it has led many others astray.

But a similar philosophy is just as prevalent among many believers with an interest in time management. We, too, sometimes approach the subject of Christian productivity with an unhealthy agenda.

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The Two Biblical Ingredients for Effective Priorities and Strong Motivation

Biblical Priorities And Motivation

Every day we’re surrounded with a dizzying amount of choices. At every point in our lives, we have option upon option set before us.

There are decisions of all sizes: What career to choose? Should we serve on this committee at church? Should we take a five-minute break now? Should we quit our job and become a missionary in China? Should we spend today working on project A or project B? Should we exercise tonight or spend time with family?

How do we choose? How do we prioritize well?

And then how do we summon up the motivation to live out those priorities? Let’s be honest: Sometimes procrastinating on the internet is way more tempting than work.

In the first chapter of Philippians, Paul gives us divine wisdom on this issue. Tucked into his opening greeting, Paul gives us two simple ingredients for having wise priorities and robust motivation.

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How to Avoid the Fate of the Sluggard

How to Avoid the Fate of a Sluggard

Imagine the misery of intense financial stress coming into your life suddenly one day. Quickly, unseen, and powerfully.

Because that’s the warning that Proverbs has concerning the sluggard: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”

The results of laziness shouldn’t be a surprise, but yet they sneak up on the sluggard. And not because of one intense act on his part but the culmination of many little acts of sloth.

And this got me thinking. What’s the difference between rest and what the sluggard does? Didn’t Jesus rest? How do I know if I’m being a sluggard? How do I know if I’m inching my way slowly toward poverty, want, and a wasted life?

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Release Today: What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

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Years ago when I began this blog, I looked around on the internet to see who else was doing anything similar. There were lots of material on productivity, but very little penned from an explicitly Christian perspective. But there was one individual that stood head and shoulders above the rest: Matt Perman.

The combination of his theological insight and practical outlook is unrivaled. He takes the often-thought-of-as-worldly areas of work, leadership, and productivity and approaches them from a gospel-centered and scripture-saturated perspective.

For the last few years, Matt has poured his blood, sweat, and tears (From what he’s said about the writing process, that might not be too much of an exaggeration) into his first book, What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. And finally, the book releases today!

I highly recommend that you click on over and purchase it. If you could do so this week, that would be particularly helpful – Matt and his publisher have the hopes of hitting the best-seller list (which is based on sales in this first week).

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Do Not Forget the Power of Your Dreams

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I’ve been writing a lot about something that’s been on my mind and heart: that wasting time is a sin. It’s critical that we realize the extent of our sin and take it seriously.

Yet, too much of this focus leaves us with a skewed perspective.

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Numbering Your Days While Kneeling by a Deathbed

Numbering Your Days Kneeling by a Deathbed

It didn’t happen the same as it does in the movies.

There was no painful sigh of a last breath, no dramatic dropping of the head, no exasperated last words.

Instead, she just slowly and peacefully moved her mouth. Her pulse – visible through her emaciated neck – got slower and slower.

We stood there and watched, wondering whether or not she was gone. My dad went to tell the nurse that we thought she had passed. While he had stepped out, she moved her mouth a little more and her pulse picked back up.

A few minutes later, we hadn’t seen any signs of breath or a pulse for a while. The nurse listened with a stethoscope and verified that, after three weeks in the hospital, my grandmother had finally gone home to be with the Lord.

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The Biblical (But Counterintuitive) Way to Deal with Guilt over Wasting Time

Biblical way to deal with guilt over wasting time

It’s the end of December – a busy and fun time around the holidays. But it’s often depressing as well.

We only have a few days left to make good on all the goals and resolutions that we set for ourselves in 2013. For many of us, we’re far off the mark.

Another year has gone by – and what do we have to show for it?

When the calendar flips over to 2014, there’s a sense of hope for a great year ahead. But perhaps there’s also a sense of guilt at all the opportunities we’ve missed. All the time we’ve wasted. All the procrastination, the sleeping in, the unproductive running around with urgent but unimportant tasks.

It’s challenging to move on from all of this, because we have lingering senses of guilt. The consequences of wasted time are very real. Family neglect can damage relationships. Exercise neglect can harm your health. Work neglect can damage finances.

For me, it’s almost painful at times to think about how different my life would be if I could have better invested all of that wasted time throughout the years.

But the best solace is to view these missed opportunities through a biblical frame. Ironically, healing comes when we realize how horridly sinful our time wasting really is.

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Could Productivity Problems (and Writer’s Block) Be God’s Discipline?

Could Productivity Problems and Writer's Block be God's Disipline

There are days when you’re just in the zone. You’re creative, you’re productive, you’re efficient, you’re energetic.

Then there are those days when you feel like you’re banging your head up against a wall. Nothing’s working out. Nothing’s flowing. Productivity grinds to a halt.

Could this lack of productivity be God’s discipline?

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