This special sermon by CQ co-host Rick suggests a practical plan and path to better serve God - at the expense of serving ourselves. Rick discusses six basic principles on which to focus. Watch, listen and consider how to best use your time in the way most pleasing to God!
In many ways we are daily in a fight for our lives. There are so many choices that present themselves to us each and every day, many of which can distract and derail us from what is most important. The biggest factor that determines whether we stay on track with life or go down some rabbit hole of distraction and disruption is simply...me. Yup, I am the decision maker - the gatekeeper of my own mind and body - and I alone have final say as to what kind of victory or what kind of defeat I will experience. Now, wait a minute! As a Christian shouldn’t I be subject to the will of God through Christ? Absolutely! Then why am I saying that I am in control? It’s simple! I decide how much influence the will of God will exercise in my life at any given moment and that makes ME my worst enemy! Great! Now what do we do? What do we do? We learn how to identify, fight and win the battle!
Did you ever notice that there never seems to be enough time? For some reason or other, we are always rushing around to do the things we need to do and we seem to scarcely be able to even take a breath in between this and that. Our lives are often harried, and as a result we tend to feel unfulfilled and empty at the end of a day. So, how are we spending our time? What are we doing – or not doing - with that precious commodity of time to either fulfill or fritter away our lives? As Christians, are there different and specific guidelines for spending and investing our time than for others? Are there ways to simply and efficiently reorder and reclaim our time? Where do we start? What do we do?
We never seem to have enough time - to do the important things, that is. As Christians, what should we be doing with our time? What shouldn’t we be doing with our time? Is leisure time bad? Is TV bad? ...E-mail, texting, tweeting? ...Checking the sports scores, listening to our favorite music – good? Bad? Does it matter? Did the Apostles' lives provide examples for time management? Is our time really THAT important? Stay with us as we journey through the challenges of managing one of those things that we have a say over and yet rarely speak up about – our time!