Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wasting Time

The book of Ecclesiastes is not listed among the favorite books to study in the Bible. This may be because the writer uses eleven chapters to continually reiterate the futility of life. But the book has far more meaning than that one point. We need to be careful not to miss the jewels of truth hidden within its chapters.

One of these jewels is the fact that God has given tasks to occupy us (3:10). If you have ever been forced to refrain from work for six weeks or more, you learn how quickly feelings of uselessness and depression can overtake you. But God never intended his children to waste time waiting for his return.

Today is a good day to set aside time to create or review goals for the next five years. What would you like to accomplish? Subdivide your large goals into smaller ones. Make the financial and time management plans necessary to reach those goals, starting with the smallest one.

Have confidence that God is working in you to accomplish these goals and has already prepared the way for you (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13)