Compass or Clock?

wow, tinamaan na naman ako…sobrang apt not only for my 1st days as a Law Intern, but also  as i welcome my 29th yr of life.

(belated happy bday to me…thank you Lord, for the year that was, and for the 28 yrs that have been.  thank You for the innumerable blessings and even for challenges You have allowed to come my way, through which You have taught me valuable lessons in humility, patience and love, among other things. i commit my 29th year to You – to directions led by You, my ultimate Compass & sole Savior, Lord Jesus. as You bless me this year, please make me a blessing to others too.  amen.)

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Compass or Clock?

But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, “You are my God!” My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
Psalm 31:14-15

A friend said, “My problem is that I have surrendered my time to work, to other people, and to bad habits.”

That truly is the problem, not only for my friend but also for many of us. We should first surrender our time to God. God owns it anyway. Unfortunately, we often ask God to wait in line for leftover time. No wonder life seems out of sync! We need help with our task to manage properly what has been entrusted to us until Christ returns or wants it back, and that includes our time.

Think about a compass and a clock. Two very important tools with two very different purposes. One would be wise not to confuse the two. To surrender our time to God is to be governed by a compass rather than to be controlled by a clock. A compass provides a sense of direction, purpose, vision, perspective, and balance. A clock measures duration, the expenditure of time. A compass determines effectiveness—doing the right tasks. A clock determines efficiency—how long it takes to accomplish a task. Each has its place. But, the compass must come before the clock; therefore, effectiveness before efficiency. The “mega priorities” of the compass subordinate the “mini priorities” of the clock.

A compass, therefore, becomes a symbol of an internal guidance system that provides us with our values and convictions based on God’s Word. This non-negotiable governs our lives. In the same manner that the magnetic force pulls the compass needle, it is God who governs the drive of our lives. We surrender to his force.

Our time should be surrendered to God daily. I asked a friend who is engaged in many pursuits successfully how he managed it all. He said, “I give my first minutes to God, then I commit the remainder of the day to his Lordship. And amazingly I work more effectively and efficiently.”

Have you surrendered your time to God? Is your future in his hands?

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