The last couple of days I have really been thinking about my own personal use of time; at home, work, with my family, free, etc. As I did, thoughts drifted to work. Thus inspiring the following words.
I knew someone famous said the phrase, ‘know thyself’. After a little googling I discovered that Plato, Socrates, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others have used this quote or phrase to express self-evaluation on various levels.
After random reflection this week, I decided to do this into my work life. I am constantly looking for ways to better production, time usage, and eliminate waste. Being a procrastinator in the flesh, sometimes this becomes a battle. Which on occasions are lost, but others end in a victory; only for another to come tomorrow.
Know Thyself. I am placing this thought into my daily work life. Basically it comes to this...If I were the boss, and I knew myself the way I currently am, would I hire, fire, give a raise or reprimand myself and enter a probation time period?
It is not an uncommon thought that ministers only work on Sundays and Wednesdays and for some this is true. Some places of service provide a perfect opportunity to enter and hide from really being proactive and advancing the kingdom. It is our responsibility to be constantly pushing the effort to encourage, support, and lead by example.
Since having children I have learned and realized so much more about the phrase, ‘lead by example.’ Do our church members hear or see us sharing our faith in a location outside of the church building? Do they know that we practice home bible study and prayer with our spouses? Do they know we practice a spiritually disciplined life? Or do we? Do we just talk about these things from places of authority?
Bringing me back to the thought, would I provide employment for myself? Know thyself. In your work place, Would you employ yourself?
I feel that this is for all of us. The schoolteacher, office clerk, person in management; the list goes on. According to this article most are probably guilty. Am I and are you being the best steward with what God has blessed with; job, family, education, and resources?
This reflection should go on and on. Squeezing into various parts of our diverse lives. The US Army said it best, “Be all you can be.” I ask myself, hoping you do the same, ‘Am I being all I can be?’ Know thyself.
I don't refuse to buy NEW. But, you see the Lord has blessed me with this gift, I would call it a 7th sense (my 6th is Unagi), it's finding sweet / cheap deals.
Yesterday was an awesome day of cheap stuff, which rolled into today into some free stuff.
-Scored a sweet fender acoustic amp from the Civitan for $40 and a bike for Fisher for $2. SUCCESS! Gonna clean the amp up and prolly sell it for at least $150.
-then today the freebies. A plastic shelf / drawer system, a piece of cedar fencing (gonna use in my garden) and a 6 ft X 4 ft dry erase board (for my office) FREE it was all on the trash pile.
Oh yeah. And to top it all, heard back from the accountant regarding tax refund. PTL. As long as the government doesn't shut down, we'll have a little cash flow, re
Right now terrorist are planning to assinate the president of the united states...guess what I'm watching. This however, has not been the longest day of my life. Answer to what we're watching: season one of 24. A show people always told me to watch but I never did. Glad I didn't. Don't know if I would have liked too much waiting from week to week.
We subscribed to Netflix got an antenna and tomorrow we're canceling our cable TV. Too many waisted dollars and hours watching junk that really doesn't matter...not that 24 matters. But at least it's not costing me $65 a month.
I'm finding this show quite interesting. Now that it's 10+ years old, I'm sure someone has written about this show. It leads me to thinking about time management. Something I've always tried to learn more about, challenge my self and discipline. I prefer to not do it the Jack Bauer way, no sleep, high stress, being controlled by the circumstances. But how?
It is so hard to not let our circumstances control the events of our days. How do you do it?
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.