Don’t Waste Your Life: Time Stewardship Is for Everyone

When I tell people that I write a blog on time management from a Christian perspective, 99% of them have the same response. They’re nice on the surface, but I know they’re thinking to themselves that Life of a Steward seems a little too narrowly focused.

They have a vision in their mind about what productivity entails – filing Email, organizing your workspace, and planning out your days. It seems a little uptight, and they never really get interested.

To them, time stewardship seems nitpicky. It seems like something for tightly wound people who love neatness and organization. Sure, it can be fine for some people – but it’s not up their alley.

If that describes your thoughts – I want to change your mind.

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Productivity as Defined by Jesus

Every now and then I’ll be reading a scripture passage – and a phrase will just jump off the page at me. That’s how I feel about Jesus’s words in John 15:5.

After referring to Himself as the vine and His disciples as the branches, Jesus says something that I find, for lack of a better word, haunting. It’s a phrase that sticks with you and echoes in your mind.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

Apart from me, you can do… nothing.

Jesus is giving us staggering insight into a biblical definition of productivity.
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Review: Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey

Life of a Steward rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Convicting, clarifying, and inspiring: a must-read for Christians who want to make their lives matter in a God-honoring way.

Rescuing Ambition

Ambition.

I’m sure just reading that word conjures up a host of mental images – all of them negative. Power-hungry politicians. Workaholic executives climbing the corporate ladder no matter who gets hurt in the process.

Yet within each of us is the desire to do something with our life that truly matters. This doesn’t seem like it should be a bad thing (is it?) – but we just don’t feel comfortable with this yearning.

Dave Harvey addresses and corrects this awkward confusion in Rescuing Ambition. He places our quest for glory in a biblical context – showing the sinfulness of ambition that seeks our glory and the righteousness of ambition that seeks God’s glory.

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Balance: Having a Family Makes You Less Productive?

Finding balance in my family life used to be a source of guilt and frustration for me.

I felt like devoting the necessary time to my family was leading to ineffectiveness in my ministry. At home, my wife felt like she and the kids weren’t getting enough time. I felt like a failure and was even subtly resentful.

But one passage of scripture opened my eyes. It totally changed the way I viewed my family in relationship to productivity.
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How to Free Up an Entire 40-hour Workweek

6 Minutes and 35 Seconds
6 minutes and 35 seconds.

That doesn’t seem like a lot of time, does it?

Do you regularly spend that much time checking Email? Making coffee? Surfing the internet? Staring at the walls and daydreaming?

Well, let this blow your mind: 6 minutes and 35 seconds a day adds up to, over the course of a year, a 40-hour workweek.
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Balancing Family and Productivity

As we strive to be more productive and to be better stewards of our time, we often encounter an internal conflict. On the one hand, we want to continually maximize our usage of every second – but on the other hand, we want to honor our families and enjoy our relationships.

It seems that keeping family in the right perspective is a nearly universal problem among those interested in time management. The reason that many people want to learn the principles of time management in the first place is to bring balance and peace to the struggle between family and our productivity.

Relationships are often the first casualties of a hectic life. Guilt and frustration can pop up as a result of not spending time with our family like we feel we should.

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My Favorite Productivity Trick: Six Reasons for a Detailed Daily Plan

I have a pretty detailed and very particular plan for my workdays. I schedule things down to the minute in a way that would make even type-A people think I was a little uptight.

But I think that it’s one of my best “tricks” for being productive.

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Stewardship: What’s Our Part?

This is part of the Stewardship Foundations Series.

We’ve looked at how God is in control and how that shapes our thinking about stewardship. God will do His part. We just have to do our part – which God has explained to us in the Bible.

So what does the Bible say about our part?

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Stewardship: The Care of a Sovereign God

This is part of the Stewardship Foundations Series.

I’m a huge fan of Crown Financial Ministries and their small group study on financial stewardship. Rather than diving right in on tithing and debt, they start off teaching about God’s sovereignty. It catches you off guard, but you realize afterwards that it’s the perfect place to start.

God’s sovereignty – the fact that he is all-powerful, all-knowing, and totally in control – is the starting place for much of Christian doctrine. And to really wrap our minds around stewardship, we first need to understand who God is and what He has said about Himself.

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Stewardship: God’s Glory in Grace

This is part of the Stewardship Foundations Series.

Why would God make us stewards? Think about it.

God doesn’t need us to handle things in the world. He’s more than capable of doing that Himself. In fact, if all God cared about was taking care of business and getting things done, then He’d be better off doing it Himself instead of trusting sinful, fallen, foolish human beings.

Since God’s ultimate purpose is to reveal His glory, then His working through us must bring greater glory than if He just did everything without us. So how does stewardship bring Him glory?

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