Do you find that you survive each day by the seat of your pants, even though you think you’re fairly organized? Do you find there aren’t enough hours to get it all done and some of the things that didn’t happen were important – like spending time with your family or reading your Bible? Yeah…me too. So what can we do about it?
A few months ago, Stacy shared her experience on creating a household schedule using Managers of Their Homes, a resource for women by Steven and Teri Maxwell. That book was so transformational for our home lives that I asked the Maxwell’s if I could review another resource, specifically for men, Redeeming the Time. They graciously agreed and sent me a copy of the print book and the audiobook! I have a 40-minute commute to/from work each day that I almost always try to fill with “reading” time via audiobook.
I quickly learned this isn’t another “ten steps to a schedule that works” kind of book. Instead, the premise of Redeeming the Time is making choices that “redeem” the time rather than simply organizing it (see John 10:10, Psalm 90:12, Colossians 4:5, Ephesians 5:16). Mr. Maxwell asks readers to focus on the question of who owns your time? If you believe your time truly is yours, you will choose what’s important based on that decision. If you decide it is God’s, your family’s, or your job’s, you will choose what’s important based on that decision as well. Mr. Maxwell goes into a lot more depth on this and comes to the conclusion that “our time” is really God’s time.
God owns it all. We have grown up with the ‘mine’ mindset. We can live our lives thinking we own our time, and we can do what we want to do with it. That doesn’t change the reality that it is really God’s time. If we will submit to God’s ownership of our time, we will view our time in a totally different perspective…as we obey the Lord’s leading for our time, we will leave behind the stress that many are living with when they face time pressures beyond their time resources. from page 25
As you might imagine, any book on time management has to discuss the concept of a daily schedule. This book spends quite a bit of time going through prioritization of tasks, and then putting them on paper in the form of a daily schedule. Redeeming the Time includes an Appendix with 12 daily schedules and suggestions for how to make a schedule. With the audiobook, there is a small booklet with this information. Best of all, the sample schedules give options for those who work odd hours (24-on, 48-off; military; truck driver, etc.).
Some will dismiss Maxwell’s suggestions or his schedule ideas as unrealistic or too difficult. One of his recommendations is to ditch the television (“the beast,” as he calls it). In the Myers home, I don’t think we’ll toss our TV out anytime soon, but I also don’t plan to use it for anything but our existing purpose of using the Roku for Netflix and Pandora. We don’t have any cable or antenna service, so we get to choose what programming comes into our homes through the television and we don’t spend a lot of time in front of it. MOST families do.
Another recommendation Mr. Maxwell makes is to schedule a daily family Bible time. We have done this in our family since before Annie’s birth. When Stacy and I were first married, we read the Bible through in a year together. That was a tough, but awesome experience. Now, we spend some time in the Word as a family every evening. It is something we almost never miss because what’s more important than sharing Jesus with your family? Mr. Maxwell offers numerous suggestions on how to make this work for your schedule, even if you’ve never tried it before or have a crazy schedule that makes it seem impossible.
Simply put, I would recommend every man read Redeeming the Time. It has challenged me. It has encouraged me. It has convicted me. It has helped me realize how much time I waste (and I’m VERY organized).
To all men (especially husbands): you need to examine and evaluate how you’re spending your time. Take an hour or two on your next day off to read some scripture, pray for guidance and chat with your wife about your time priorities. If you are serious about making the most of your time, Redeeming the Time will help. It will be $12 WELL SPENT.
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