The topic of time management can be discussed in several categories, but today we will focus on marriage. Life gets messy sometimes. We get preoccupied, and lose touch with the things that bond us together in our relationships and friendships. Responsibilities, obligations and distractions can easily pull us in two different directions. We need the Lord’s help to keep the bond of unity between us in our marriage.
The easy route is for us to be self-centered and not consider others. Time is very precious, therefore it is important to make time for the people that are important to us. Giving another person your time and attention is a gift. We need the wisdom to manage our time well so that we’re not ignoring our marriage and other important relationships.
This reminds me of the story between Mary & Martha found in Luke 10:30-42:
As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
This story illustrates how we sometimes get so busy with the things (to do list, responsibilities etc) that we forget about the people. A relationship flourishes because of the commitment and connection we have. Just as Mary focused her attention on Jesus, that is exactly what He wants from us. He wants us to focus on Him and the gift He has given us (marriage). Be a Mary in a Martha generation.
To my followers who are single: Learn time management skills now. Learn to balance work, school, friendships and relationships. It is important that you set a good foundation of managing your time so once you are married it is easier to adapt to ongoing changes.
To my followers who are married: As you are balancing your responsibilities, don’t forget about your mate. Manage your time well so that you are able to spend quality time together. Make time for date nights, conversations and simply being in each other’s presence without the distractions. Put your phones, laptops, electronics AWAY! Manage your time well so that when you are home you are together.
My prayer is that God will allow us to manage our time better so that we can first sit at His feet to get direction, and second our marriage will flourish.
For His Glory Only,