I think all of us struggle with spending the right amount of time on the right things. But how exactly is that supposed to work, from a practical perspective?
Maybe your priority list looks something like this:
There's no clear cut answer to these questions in the Bible. But I've come to realize that just because something is #1 on your priority list does not mean it has to get the most amount of dedicated time.
Every day has different demands. Some days it's mostly about work, other days it's mostly about family. That's perfectly fine.
Every season of our lives has a different demand, too. There will be times when our kids or work demand more of our time, and there will be seasons when we're meant to focus more on our spouses or our personal needs and development. I think that's all part of God's plan, too.
And let's be honest--there just isn't going to be time for everything if you separate it into God Time, Husband Time, Kid Time, Work Time, and so on. There has to be overlap, particularly with God Time.
For example, going to church as a family hits the top 3 priorities, so you can try to make that a regular routine. Serve God and spend time with God alongside the people that matter most to you.
The Bible tells us to mediate continually on Him and His words. He wants to come alongside us in everything we do! As we work or nurture our families or spend time on any other priority, we can invite God to help us and guide us.
The other priorities God has placed in our lives ARE the important work we've been put on this planet to do.
We're here to show the love of God not by praying in a closet 12 hours a day, but by serving our spouses, kids, and friends and family, students, and co-workers.
We learn more about His character and become molded into who He wants us to be not by reading the Bible from sun up to sun down, but by going out in the world and doing the work He gave us to do.
Today, I may need to spend more time serving God through A, and tomorrow, I'll spend more time serving God through B. This year, He's calling me to serve Him through C, but in a few years, I may be called to serve Him through D.
Isn't that a freeing way to look at this?
The past 10 months have been focused on school work for most of us. But for the next 2 months, work may consume less of our time so we can give of ourselves to other priorities. We can serve God in other ways--by loving our families, taking care of ourselves,
Let's use our time well.