There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Last week, we subtracted. We subtracted the clutter and the distractions and the worry and anxiety from our lives. How did it work out for you? This week, we are adding.
Add life enhancing programs. These programs are such things as classes, education, seminars, and other kinds of learning experiences that will give insight on better ways to get things done. Find ways to learn better processes and methods that will make you more efficient.
Proverbs 3:13-15 (NIV) Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
There are people who have done what you are trying to do. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV) says there is nothing new under the sun. Go to the library or the bookstore and find a good book about what you are trying to do. You will discover new and better ways to do what you want to do. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel. Don’t spend time making the same mistakes that others have when you can learn a good way to do it without the trial and error process.
Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV) My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
If we will seek wisdom in how things are to be done, we will find the answers to our problems. The principles are in the word of God.
Proverbs 4:1-7 (NIV) Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. 3 For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother. 4 Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. 7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Purpose – Matthew 22:37-39 Where are you going in your life? What is the purpose of your life?
Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV) 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
When you pass everything through the filter of its eternal significance, it helps us figure out what truly is important and it shows us what clutter that we can subtract from our lives. By adding purpose, we figure out what we can subtract.
Is baseball important or evangelism? Is the new car important or the tithe?
Planning – Proverbs 31:27
How many of you have ever gone on a journey without knowing where you are going? If you want to go to the beach on vacation, you are going to get out the map and figure out how to get there. Now we use the GPS. We put our brain on numb and we just follow what the lady tells us, but we have to program in the destination. You must have a plan to arrive at your destination.
Proverbs 31:16 (NIV) She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:27 (NIV) She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. Pablo Picasso
Priorities – Seek First Matthew 6:33
First, make a list of the things that you do.
Second, assign a value to the activity: ex. You read to gain knowledge, you work for financial security, you ride bikes to spend time with family, you watch TV to relax. Now give each activity a score, 10 as most important, 1 as least. Put the 10’s in you jar first and put the 1’s in last.
The big rocks must go in first.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Some ideas are found in Twice As Much In Half The Time, by Amy Jones. All Scriptures were added by Brian Thurman.