by Dr. Charles Stanley
Thursday August 12, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Time for Success
No matter how carefully we plan our time, we will now and again run into obstacles. They might be interruptions, miscommunications, late arrivals, or canceled appointments. We have no control over many of these situations, but there are some hindrances that we can change.
We can, for example, adjust misplaced priorities. Rather than having a God-centered schedule, we often find ourselves spending time responding to the demands of others. We permit them to dictate our activities without regard to God's plan. We also allow circumstances to determine our schedule. We cannot succeed in life if we allow ourselves to be drawn away from what God wants. We need to stay on track and not get detoured into another direction. Investing time in the Scriptures and being instructed in the ways of God is to be an integral part of our schedule.
A second hindrance to reaching our goal is procrastination. All of us experience this at times, but for some of us, putting things off has become a habit. We have many good intentions but lack follow-through. Success will evade us as long as we dally. A third hindrance we can work to overcome is lack of concentration. To be successful, we need to focus our minds on a particular task and stay with it until it is finished. Having a strong motivation to accomplish God's plan will help because we work at completing what we value and desire.
How important to you is achieving God's plan? Align both your thinking and your time with His ways, and success - in God's eyes - will follow.
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