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Saturday, April 20, 2024


Dear Minister: Have You Considered Our Relationship With Time?

By Dr. Joshua Kennedy

Dear Minister: Have you ever paused to consider the true nature of our relationship with time?

Answer: In a world where time is often viewed as an enemy to be conquered, it’s refreshing to hear a different perspective – one that prioritizes self-management over mere clock ticking. During a recent spiritual retreat in Tampa, Dr. Leon Van Rooyen, who was hosting the gathering alongside fellow Christian leaders, imparted a simple yet profound truth: “Self-management, not time management. Time serves me; I don’t serve it.”

These words resonate deeply in a society where busyness is glorified, and schedules reign supreme. Instead of being slaves to the clock, the leader encouraged us to see time as a resource to be stewarded wisely. It’s not about cramming as much as possible into each minute but rather about aligning our actions with our values and priorities.

The concept of self-management goes beyond mere time-saving techniques; it’s about cultivating inner peace and purpose. Drawing inspiration from the life of Jesus Christ, we see a perfect example of someone who lived with intentionality and grace, unfazed by the world’s demands. His every action was guided by eternal purpose, not time pressures.

By embracing self-management, we free ourselves from the frantic pace of modern life. Instead of being overwhelmed by deadlines and obligations, we learn to trust in Jesus Christ and surrender to His perfect timing. It’s a mindset shift that allows us to find meaning and fulfillment in the present rather than constantly chasing after the next thing on our to-do list.

As we navigate the complexities of life, let us heed this wisdom and embrace self-management as a guiding principle. Doing so allows us to find peace amidst the chaos and live with purposeful intentionality. Time may be finite, but our potential for growth and transformation knows no bounds when we learn to master ourselves.

In a world obsessed with productivity and efficiency, let us remember the importance of simply being present and living with intention. The most accurate measure of success lies not in how much we accomplish but in how well we manage ourselves and our time in service of a greater purpose.

Dr. Joshua Kennedy
Praise Tabernacle
2235 Ocean Heights Ave.
EHT, NJ 08234
(609) 402-8869

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