I think many of us believe that some big event or triumph has to occur in our lives before we consider ourselves successful. We may think we have to be promoted to manager, start a booming business, write a book, or have a family before we’ve truly “arrived.” However, maintaining this view cheats us out of the victories that happen every day. More than one big moment, success is the sum of small efforts that are repeated time and again until they make us strong on the inside. In fact, we are only as effective as our habits, and that makes time our most precious commodity. Like I’ve said before, “Show me your calendar, and I’ll show you your future.” This is because, although each of us has the same 24 hours given to us each day, not all of us invest it intentionally. It’s easy to let unexpected crises eat up precious hours, and it’s equally as easy to be distracted by things like social media or video games (which aren’t bad in and of themselves but should be enjoyed with limits). The world offers us many ways to mindlessly pass time, and this means we must be more focused than ever on investing it well. As we do this, we’re wise to prioritize disciplines such as prayer, Scripture reading, and Bible study, because through them, we gain spiritual power. While they aren’t compulsory, they set us up for victory in other areas. By giving our walk with Jesus “top billing” as we plan our day, He blesses and energizes everything else we set our hands to.
My friend, be intentional about how you use your time. Nothing is as precious as the gift of another day, so resolve to develop healthy and eternally-minded habits that will get you to where you want to go. Have a vision for your week, plan each hour with purpose, make room for what’s important, and always put spiritual growth at the top of your list. Keep first things first, seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and know that when you fill your life with His presence, everything will fall into place!