What's Important (Part 2) – Wastes of Time

41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:41,42

Yesterday we discovered the best answer to the question, “What’s important”. The answer is “Less and Less” . Today I want to focus on how much time we waste on things that aren’t necessarily the best use of our time. The best of us waste hours upon hours and wonder why we don’t accomplish everything we’re supposed to or why we don’t have the peace God promised us.

The truth is everyone has 24 hours to work with – so why do some people succeed and others don’t? I truly believe it’s because successful people have learned to prioritize their life in a way that they’re able to focus on things that important and cut things that are a waste of time. I’m in the middle of learning to do this in my own life and as I evaluate my life I’ve recognized a ton of areas that I wasn’t using my time wisely. Here are some (maybe you can relate):

Lies that I’ve Bought Into When it Comes to How I Spend My Time

  • I Have to Learn as Much as I can About as Many Topics as I can to Become Well Balanced- This is a hard one for me to live out – I love learning. However, I think a lot of the time we learn things just to say we learned them… I’m coming to the conclusion that if it doesn’t help somebody – it’s not worth the time to learn it.
  • I Have to Spend an Equal Amount of Time with Everyone – As a people pleaser… this is very hard for me. However, the people that get upset about you not spending a “fair” amount of time with them are immature and most likely – have no life and they want to waste your time!
  • I Have to Make Everybody Happy so I need to do Everything I’m Asked To – Anyone else have trouble saying no? I do, but I’ve learned this… if I don’t say no – Other people will decide how I spend my time. This may not be a big deal in the beginning, but throw a wife and kids in the picture… suddenly, it’s a big deal!
  • I Have to Hang Out with Someone/Some People Every Night I’m Free – This is so hard for me because I love spending time with people. However, I need to have “Bubba time” to myself at least once a week. I’ve learned that if I don’t schedule this and do it on purpose – it won’t happen.
  • Everybody That want to Talk to Me I have to Spend an Hour With – Nope! Craig Groeschel had a great post a while back that helped me with this. He said to give meetings a time limit . . . that helps!
  • Everybody That wants Me to Help Them Actually Wants Helped – This is a hard part of ministry! A lot of people just want someone to listen to them rather than actually getting help with their problem. If people aren’t willing to do things you ask them to do to help them with their problem… you’ll ultimately be wasting your time.
  • If I’m busy doing something – I’m accomplishing something – Busyness does not equal progress. If I’m not busy doing things that are important, if I’m just being busy for busy sake… I’m wasting my time.
  • If I’m not doing something – I’m wasting my life away – Ok – I struggle with this one. I struggle sitting in a chair for 2 minutes in silence! However… I’ve been focusing on really just sitting and meditating on the Word, praying, and getting quiet. It’s helped a lot!

These are just a few of the big ones I’ve been recognizing in my life… tomorrow I’ll talk about what we need to be focusing on!

So what about you? What are some ways you’ve wasted your time? Some lies that you’ve bought into?

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