Susan Spess Shay

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Do You Have . . .

. . . Time?

This is the time of year when goal setting is a popular thing to do. Sometimes we call it New Years Resolutions, but it means the same thing.

Even if you aren’t thinking about setting goals, the thought just might have flitted through your mind. 😀

But no matter how many goals we set for ourselves, most of us hear ourselves saying at some time or other, “I don’t have time!”

Since we’re all allotted the same 60 seconds for ever minute, 60 minutes for every hour, 24 hours for every day and 7 days for every week, I figure it’s a matter of choice.

Whether we make those choices or allow someone else make them for us is immaterial. It’s OUR time!

There are classes to take that teach us to set the right goals and how to keep them. In fact, I had an offer for one in my email box this morning. But I’m afraid the class was a little price-y, especially since I know what it must be about. Make a plan and live by it. Don’t let anyone else control your time and your life.

Do it.

Just Do It.

Go! And! Do! It!

Then you get this kind of feed back (from me, at least)–how do I find time? When can I do it? How can I control it myself?

The answer? Well . . . I haven’t taken that class (yes, I’m a cheapskate)  but from what I’ve seen, it’s simple.

Don’t do what feels good. Don’t do what you like all the time. Don’t allow yourself to slip into that rut where you do what you’ve always done because you’ll get what you’ve always got. (Not great grammar but you get the idea.)

J. R. R. Tolkien said it better than I do.

Very simply and succinctly he said, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

He makes it sound so easy, doesn’t he? Just decide and do it. But other people lay claims to our time, I can’t be the only person with a job. Right? Or a husband. Or kiddos. Or friends. Or hobbies. And I want to keep them all! So I’m thrilled that they all claim some of my time.

Doesn’t leave much time for goals I’ve set.

What does the Bible say about time and setting goals?

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV– There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,

 1 Corinthians 9:26 says, 26 So I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air. —NCV

So should I set goals? And to what extent do I adhere to them?

Should I rigidly schedule my time?

Stop chatting with a friend mid-word when it’s time to do something else? Grab the dishes from the table when it’s time, even before the family is finished eating?

If I tried being that exacting, I probably wouldn’t last a full day before I built a fire in the backyard and used the goals/schedule as fodder for it.

So how far is a person to go? I’m not sure. Even after all these years, I’m still trying to figure it all out.

Here are a few blogs about goal setting I liked. See what you think–

Rick Warren 


Michael Hyatt

When you’ve read them (if you have time) come back and let me know what you think. What’s your best goal (resolution) setting tip?