Life as a Transmission

In his book, “A Minute of Margin,” Richard Swenson compares life to a transmission, in that we need four gears to best manage our time.

The first gear is park. It’s for battery charging, prayer, and Scripture reading. It’s for when the Lord says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

The second is low gear. This is when we slow down to be with other people. It’s when your child asks a question about God or wants to show you their latest accomplishment.

The third gear is drive. This is where we spend most of our work time. It’s productive time that gives us a feeling of accomplishment when we stay in this gear through the day.

Finally, there are times we need overdrive. Every job, ministry, or family role has seasons of special responsibility that demand our all for a time. But, we don’t stay there too long or we ruin the machine.

Remember, adapting to use all four gears will redeem 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.

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