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Affluent Christian Investor | October 23, 2017

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Biblical Principles of Time Management for Leaders


I woke up at 5:29 AM several Fridays ago, wide awake and staring at the ceiling. I was thinking of all the things I still needed to get done to catch up from last week. I don’t think I was anxious, but I my mind was definitely going a mile a minute. Then I remembered a simple principle that I teach where time management is concerned and it helped me greatly. What is that concept?

It is that I must trust the Lord for time, just like I do for money, health, business, ministry opportunities, and for creativity. Time is no different than anything else. I got out of bed and dove into my day, and, as the day ends, I can say that God rewarded my faith, for I got a lot accomplished.


When I conduct time management seminars in churches, I show the people a verse with which I am sure you are familiar. It is 2 Peter 3:8, which states: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

A few years ago, I began to play with the math in that verse. I asked myself, if a day is like a thousand years, what would an hour be like. So I divided it all out and found that an hour would be the equivalent of about 42 years. Then I wondered what a minute would equate to. When I divided it all out, I found that a minute would be about nine months. So one day is like a 1,000 years, one hour like 42 years and one minute the same as nine months according to that verse. So what is so special about all that?

Well, if the Lord tells you that He will be there to help you in “just a minute,” you realize that what He means by a minute and what you mean can be two entirely different concepts. If you ever had a baby or know someone who did and that women carried the baby nine months, the Lord would say, “Oh, she was pregnant for just a minute!”


So what does that have to do with the issue of time or event management?  It has great relevance. How often do you put off something you want to do because you think and maybe even say, “I don’t have time.” You may think that what you want to do could take as long as nine months, so you don’t even start.

Yet 2 Peter 3:8 also states that a thousand years can be like a day. If we reverse the math, we see that 1,000 years could be like a day, 42 years like an hour and nine months could be like just a minute. Something you thought would take long to do, if you have faith, could take much less time.

So I activated my faith this morning and waded into the pile of papers on my desk. By 8:30 AM, what I thought was two days work was all done! What’s more, I went on to have a great day, with energy enough to teach until 10 PM, and I was back in a classroom teaching at 9 AM the next morning.

What have you been putting off for a long time because you are convinced you don’t have the time? Can you also activate your faith this week to take the first step? Who knows, you may find all kinds of energy and supernatural help that will enable you to take a complicated task and make it simple, completing it in much less time than you expected. Experiment with having faith for time this week and watch the impossible become possible. As you do, I know that you will have a great week!


Originally posted on The Monday Memo.

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.

Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.

John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.


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