We often see news reports of firefighters rushing into burning buildings to save lives. But really, firefighters spend only a small percent of their time actually fighting fires. Much of their time is spent in fire prevention, equipment preparation, and training for the next crisis situation.
That is perhaps a model for us as Christians to consider when managing our time. It’s easy to get highly stressed over a sudden crisis that destroys our well planned schedule. But we have to realize that God’s plan for our lives includes crises and we have to incorporate enough flexibility in our schedule to deal with crises without our world falling apart.
Of course, if our lives are characterized by one continual crisis after another, we may need to spend more time in crisis prevention.
Still, God never promised us a life toatlly free from crisis. Rather, He gives us grace enough that even in a crisis we can still 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.