Stop dreading your alarm clock. Get up early each day to walk with God and to get ahead of your task list. Here’s How…
Waking up early will give you quiet time in the morning to prepare your heart, mind, and body for the day. Awake early to walk with God before the busyness of the day begins. Rise in plenty of time to start your day strong, so when it comes time to perform, you can excel.
Proverbs 6:9–11 “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, And thy want as an armed man.”
There is nothing quite so discouraging as oversleeping in the morning. You wake up and instantly realize that you are behind. You jump out of bed rushing around to make it to work on time or take care of your responsibilities. You feel behind all day never able to catch up no matter how hard you work. You tell yourself you never want to do that again!
On the other hand, some people get up early regularly but feel so exhausted that they have a hard time getting through the day. Some mornings you will have to push through the exhaustion, but you should not feel that way every day. You may need to consider other changes to your lifestyle such as eating healthy, exercising, or adjusting your overall schedule. Consider taking a 15-minute power nap sometime during the day too. Life is cyclical. At times you will have more responsibilities and get less sleep. Other times you will have more free time and get more sleep. The challenge is sleeping enough to excel! Through it all, remember that you are the master of your schedule. Own it and crush it.
Some people believe that they are not (more…)
God ordained preaching to declare the Gospel and Bible Truth. Learn how to prepare your sermons for upload to the internet where they can keep helping people long after the church service is over.
A preacher spends hours preparing a message to preach. Often a message is preached once and then put in a file. How many people could have been helped, taught, encouraged, and changed if only they had heard the message?
What if you could make your sermons available 24 hours a day, seven days a week? You can! It’s easier than you think. (more…)
A functional calendar is an indispensable tool of stewardship in life management. We live life by a series of dates and times. Is your calendar system helping you stay on top?
Ephesians 5:15–16 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Time is life. How you spend your time is how you spend your life. The word redeem in the verse above means to ‘buy back’ or ‘rescue from loss.’ Time is wasted when it is not carefully accounted for by a schedule and a calendar. I use Nozbe for my tasks. I use Fantastical 2 for my calendar.
A functional calendar system is an essential tool to keep your life in order. I have used many calendar tools. From good old pen and paper to the fancy digital apps, I have tried many and found them lacking. Some of them are even a hindrance to productivity. Then I found FantasitCal 2. (more…)
We have a lot to do. In this “age of productivity,” we are expected to get things done at an incredible rate. We must find a reliable method to capture tasks and get them done on time. After years of searching for the right productivity tool, I found Nozbe.
I have tried many systems over the years. Things, Asana, Trello, Paymo, Producteev, Remember the Milk, Wunderlist, and much more. If you’ve heard of it, I’ve probably tried it. I use Evernote as a digital file cabinet but found that it doesn’t work well for tasks. I use Asana for Church projects but find it lacking for my personal needs. However, nothing compares to Nozbe for keeping my life in order and helping me get things done.
Nozbe has free and paid options. You can try the Pro option free for 30 days. I am enjoying new levels of productivity after years of trying to put up with the deficiencies of free or cheaper products.
Nozbe strikes an excellent balance between simplicity and function. Some tasks managers are too simple providing almost no options for sorting, tagging, next actions, projects, etc. Other task managers have many options but are confusing and awkward to use. Nozbe has a simple yet elegant interface with many useful options that are easily accessible. Projects, contexts, and tags make sorting easy. (more…)
Order vs. Chaos. The battle between these two wages every day all around you. Things left to themselves fall into chaos. Order is obtained by design and effort. Here are seven amazing tips that will help you set your life in order.
God brought order out of chaos during the creation of our planet. Genesis 1:1-2 God loves order. A quick glance at nature shows an orderly pattern. This order becomes more apparent the deeper you study creation. From the endless expanse of space to the smallest atom, God’s bias for order is clearly seen. He desires to help us create order out of our chaotic lives.
1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
One of the responsibilities of a pastor is to set the church in order and to keep it organized according to God’s teaching in the Bible.
Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
Likewise, it is your responsibility to set in order your personal life and your areas of authority.
The world moves quickly around us. It demands our time and attention with no consideration for God’s commands or our highest priorities.
Either you will live life or life will live you. You must be the designer of your life. You must decide what is truly important and build your life in an orderly way to facilitate the accomplishment of those goals and the fulfillment of those relationships.