I know you’ve had those moments where you wondered, “Where did the time go?” Busy days and hectic weeks have a way of leaving us in a perpetual state of trying to catch up with all that we want to do, need to do, or have to do. In an effort to become more effective and efficient, we may work on our time management skills, and make sure that we’re making the best possible use of our time.
I’m all for that. You can’t manage your days unless you are also managing your minutes that make up the days. But I don’t believe that time management is the answer for all of our stressed feelings of “not enough time” in a day. Time management alone will not make the stresses of our day disappear, not will it give rest to a soul that is exhausted and spent at the end of the day.
Sometimes what we need to manage most in our lives is ambition. There is a healthy sense of ambition that leads us to work hard, chase our dreams, and fulfill our potential in an honorable way that not only makes our lives better, but it also extends the benefits to those close to us. An unhealthy sense of ambition does the opposite. It constantly measures and compares the self with others, and either feeds an inflated ego when we do well in the comparison, or crushes the spirit when we don’t. An unhealthy ambition believes that our personal value is connected to what we accomplish, achieve, or experience. It drives us in such a way that we work hard and chase our dreams, but lose our soul in the process.
Dallas Willard once wrote, “The most important thing in your life is not what you do; it’s who you become. That’s what you will take into eternity.”
Healthy ambition keeps the drive, but abandons the self-defeating motives. It compels us to excellence, but always where it matters most: the soul. In a world where we are always racing the clock and watching time fly by, we have to intentionally guard our schedules. In doing so, we actually are guarding the heart. We will either give away the moments of our life to doing, or to becoming. And spent moments aren’t refundable.
This Sunday at Liberty Hill we continue our “Passion Killers” series by talking about one of the most ruthless killers in our lives: busyness. Join us at 10:30 AM as talk about changing the way we handle our busy schedules and crowded calendars.
Pastor Joe Payne