A word of encouragement: There are different seasons in life (Ecclesiastes 3:1). … Many families have hectic schedules. Kids have practices for sports and band. Parents have work stuff. Both the kids and parents have friends and events they either want or need to do.
Put the big rocks in your schedules first (Matthew 6:31). … Check out this video about time management to understand the rocks reference.… The biggest rock ought to be the “God rock”. It needs to go in first. The next biggest rocks should be work and family. Unfortunately what many of us do is put in small rocks first. We fear that we will miss out on something and keep throwing these small, less important rocks in the bucket. Sports, band, ballet, martial arts, parties, beaches, restaurants, screen time (phones, computers, TV), etc. are all small rocks. We tend to put them in first and then there isn’t room for the big rocks.
Develop a weekly routine of worship, work, and rest (Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11). … This is how to put the big rocks in first. … Why did God create everything in six days and rest on the seventh? Why did God send mana to the Israelites for six days but not on the seventh? Why does one of the Ten Commandments tell us to keep the Sabbath holy? God is teaching us a pattern that we should live by, a pattern that gives us a routine of worship, work, rest. … Some professions require workers seven days a week and those are important jobs. But the people working those jobs also need this pattern of worship, work, rest.
Submit your schedule to the lordship of Christ: Be open to interruptions that we are divine appointments (Acts 8:10). … If Jesus is Lord of your life, He ought to be Lord of your schedule. Acts 8, 9, and 10 all contain stories of believers who had their schedule interrupted by God to do something they likely would never had done on their own time. They may have done it reluctantly, but they did it.
Jesus exemplified all three of these principles in His life (Mark 1:32-35; Luke 4:16; Mark 5:30-32). … Jesus was busier than we are. And He still made the time for God and prayed. He had a routine that He followed. He was open to interruptions that were divine appointments.