For Ladies Only – April 2007
It is hard for me to imagine that one quarter of the year 2007 is already history! Have you ever asked yourself, “What could I do if I just had more time?”
As I pen this article, I have been in the “hustle and bustle” of having to be at several events, including speaking at three of them. I am heading off to Napa, California, tomorrow to speak at the annual Ladies’ Conference. I mentioned to my husband’s secretary, “In no way am I ready to head out of town.” I have too much to do before I go. It seems like there is never enough time!
Webster’s dictionary defines time as “every moment there has ever been or ever will be.” It also lists several other definitions. In fact, the list was quite long compared to other words, indicating to me that time is something not to be taken for granted.
Often I have commented, “That was a waste of time”; or “I didn’t have time to get that done,” and so on. I certainly would not want my “time” on earth to come to an abrupt end and leave my family and friends with the thought that I never had time for them. We are never going to have more hours in our day or more days in the week or month. We only have so much time. If time is so valuable, how can we be more effective with the time we do have? I am glad you asked! The following has been of help to me, and maybe it will be to you too.
- Have a yearly calendar with all upcoming events written down.
- Plan for the week ahead on the Friday before.
- Start every day with God. Have a time, a place, and a plan.
- Live your life by a schedule.
- Organize your home. A house out of order is a life out of order.
- Include others in your schedule. Take time for soul winning and reaching out to others. Be sure you are living right. You can’t give what you don’t have.
- Do special things for the special people in your life.
- Never leave the presence of your loved ones without telling them that you love them.
- Don’t waste time watching television! There is no “delete” button on the mind, so be careful what you put into it.
- Live every day as though it were your last.
This morning as I have been writing this article for the North Valley News, my brother, DeWayne (pictured bottom right), was admitted to the hospital in Illinois with congestive heart failure. Little did he know when his day started that he would end up in the hospital. I am glad that in the days prior to his being admitted to the hospital I have been calling him, telling him that I love him and am praying for him. We never know what tomorrow holds, but we know Who holds tomorrow.
Time is precious. This day is the tomorrow we planned for yesterday. Make the most of each day.
This material was widely used in home economics classes for the training of high school girls in the 1950’s, teaching them how to prepare for married life.