“Ma’am, how did this accident happen?” asked the policeman. “I was driving along when this tree suddenly appeared on the road in front of me” she responded. “I swerved to the right but another tree appeared so I swerved to the left and another tree appeared, then I …” Ma’am, the officer interrupted, “There are no trees on this road. That was your air freshener swinging back and forth.”
This driver obviously had a problem distinguishing the little things from the big things. And that’s a problem that keeps a lot of people from effective time management. Their focus is so consumed with the little trinkets dangling before their eyes that they miss the real issues God wants them to deal with.
You might spend an entire day cleaning house and never invite your unsaved neighbor to share a meal. You might work overtime to buy the new car, but never take time to pick up a child for church.
Avoiding distracting trinkets is redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.