Thursday, January 23, 2014

ABC's of Time Management

God wound the clock and the ticks were set into motion not millions of years ago, but just a few thousand years ago. From the fall of human kind, it has been man’s dilemma of how he will use the 1440 minutes gifted to him in a day. From the moment man and woman decided to rebel against God and were ejected from the perfect garden, there has been the feeling of not having enough time to do all we need to get done. In spite of the abundance of conveniences we have in the 21st century compared to our ancestors, no one has invented a gadget to produce more time in a day. We have all there ever will be here on earth.
Each new morning the gun is fired at the starting line, then we are off to the races. Some might call it the rat race. Instead of feeling like we are in a rat wheel going around and around not really getting anywhere, we can move ahead with purpose and direction. We can switch lanes from the frenzied fast track to the fruitful faith track. We can aim for a higher goal beyond the next task on our to-do list.

Conquering how to manage our time more efficiently is not like a mountain climb where we arrive at the top with no other peak to reach higher. Often, time management seems to be the monkey on our back that we might be able to tame for a while, but which will go wild at the least bit of disruption in our schedule. Amazon’s listing of 117,103 books on this subject is proof that people struggle with getting a handle on the activities that fill up their calendars. 

Maybe we could use some alterations of our view of time and see if we can free up some of this precious commodity in our schedules to accomplish the more important things in life. Here are some ABC’s of time management.

Accountability - We are mere managers for the One who owns everything (Psalm 24:1; Leviticus 25:23; Haggai 2:8; Romans 11:36a). We can conclude since he owns all things including the world, man, money and time, he has the right to hold us accountable for how we are caring for his creation. God, the righteous judge, will announce one day his verdict of whether we used our allotted time here on earth wisely by serving him and sharing the good news of salvation to the lost (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Romans 2:6-11).

Many individuals find being accountable to someone else helps them achieve a goal. This is accomplished many times when two people are wanting to lose a few pounds. The sting is felt a bit more if you have to confess eating a Twinkie to your dieting partner. You feel like you have let her down. The celebration of success is also sweeter with a friend when you have worked on a project together and held each other accountable for certain tasks.

Try this: Keep a log of what you do on an average day, and evaluate what you need to trim or cut out altogether to recover a few precious minutes. If you really want to make a difference, share your log with a friend who might help you improve your time management skills or offer words of advice. It is never too early to teach these principles to our children. Help them make lists of chores to accomplish in a day. Guide them in keeping God a priority in their busy schedules.

Busy Bodies - We usually use this expression in a negative sense, but God calls us to be busy using our bodies in doing his business. Jesus had a handle on this, even at the tender age of twelve when he told his parents it was only natural that he be about his Father’s business (Luke 2:49). Why do we find ourselves giving so little time to the One who blessed us with it? Do we have the mentality of clocking in and out on God’s time when in reality it is our purpose to dedicate all of our life and all that we do with him in mind.

Try this: Make a list each night before you go to bed of the activities that you need to accomplish the next day. This helps you hit the ground running and not have to spend the morning hours pondering what you must get done. Suggestions to your list could include: meditate on God’s word, prayer, hug your child, encourage your husband in a special way, leave an uplifting note on the doorstep of a neighbor, or invite someone to the worship times when the saints are gathered together. These tasks may seem silly to place in a day planner, but when you purposefully run your day instead of your day running you, a true sense of priorities can be achieved.

Choices - It has been estimated that the average human makes over 600 decisions a day. That number may seem overwhelming, but most these decisions are made without a conscience effort. For the busy woman, days seem like a tug of war where the urgent matters seem to be winning over the important ones. God knows us best and knew we would struggle with various daily “forks in the road.” He did not leave us hanging without a go-to manual to keep us on track and to help us refocus on what are truly the good things in life. Look into his Word daily for guidance and emulate the faithful heroes that strived to live in God’s favor. What we value most in life becomes our priority. Let us spend our time on things that will be everlasting. (Matthew 6:21) Seeking godliness is always a wise investment of our time (1 Timothy 4:8).

Try this: Make a list of goals that you want to accomplish, then break them down into one, five, and ten year goals. Do this activity as a family. Revisit your list every month to see your progress. Make it a game and see what great things your family is doing together for the Lord. Jim Rohn, a popular motivational speaker, once said, “Plans in our heads are just dreams, but when you put them down on paper they become dreams with deadlines.”

With each new year, it has become tradition for the human race to make resolutions. Each new morning brings new blessings and an opportunity for new resolve to serve our Lord with more vigor than when we laid our head on the pillow the night before. Do not hang on to the past, neither relishing in successes or wallowing in shortcomings. Lack of direction, not lack of time, is usually our problem. Don’t give up! Managing our time for the Lord is an ongoing process to be tweaked on a daily basis. It is a challenge to manage the affairs of our day, but the key to a more peaceful way is to not crowd out the One who gifted time to us in the first place.

It is fitting that the final book of God’s word contains this promise that still applies to us today. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Blessed indeed says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them” (Revelation 14:13). How are we spending our time as we wait for the Lord to return? You would benefit greatly with further study on the value of waiting on the Lord with this article: 

Friday, January 10, 2014

What Is Time?

by Betty Jackson

With the beginning of the new year, many reflect upon bringing more order, self-discipline and spirituality into their lives. Seriously considering how to use our time should bring the realization that we are responsible for using it wisely.

On the other hand, it is amusing to read the atheists’ pontification on the topic of time. Sean Carroll, a “theorist physicist at Cal Tech” has a quest to explain time ( As he puzzles over this theme, he wonders why the Big Bang began with such “exquisite order” only to deteriorate thereafter. Mr. Carroll claims that the Big Bang occurred 13.7 billion years ago. Others speculate that the universe is between 15 to 20 billion years old. In defense of evolutionary ideas, George Wald wrote, “Time is in fact the hero of the plot. ... What we regard as impossible on the basis of human experience is meaningless here. Given so much time, the ‘impossible’ becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain. One has only to wait: time itself performs the miracles” (The Origin of Life, Scientific American, August 1954, p.48).

In reality the evolutionists do not have the amount of time they claim. Their dating methods are filled with assumptions.* Creative power is not resident in time. If there ever was a time when nothing existed, nothing would now exist. The eternal Creator created everything in six days. (Exodus 20:11).

What then is time? Time has been described as a parenthesis within eternity. (Wayne Jackson. The Biblical Concept of Time. It has a beginning and an end (Gen. 1:1; 1 Cor. 15:24). It is part of the physical world in which we live, marked by sunrise and sunset, the moon’s orbit, and Earth’s orbit around the sun each year. Within time, through providential and supernatural means, the plan of redemption was gradually revealed, then brought to fruition. At just the right time, baby Jesus was born according to the prophecies of the Old Testament (Isa. 7:14; Dan. 2:44, 9:23-27; Gal. 4:4-5); and when the appointed day came, the church burst into existence (Acts 2). We sing the lyrics written by Philip Doddridge, “Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.” Because of the love of God and Christ’s determination to carry out the plan at Calvary, we can rejoice! 

With this new year, let us consider another part of the hymn:

O happy day, that fixed my choice 
On Thee, my Savior and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.

Let us remember the day we made that choice to fix our lives on being obedient servants to an Almighty, loving Father and our Brother, the King of Kings (Heb. 2:11; Rev. 19:16). If we have failed to make that decision, we must understand that time is of the essence! There is a deadline.

Human experience has demonstrated the truth of the Scriptures that our life span on average is 70 years (Ps. 90:10). To the young, that seems like a long time. For the 70 year old, it isn’t very long! In reality, life is like “a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away” (Jas. 4:14). There is little time to prepare for our life’s end.

While the evolutionist vainly busies himself looking for the time he believes exists to prove his case, we must spend our time being productive for eternity. Paul urges us to live wisely “redeeming the time, for the days are evil” (Gal. 5:15-16). “The Christian must cherish every opportunity for good, buying them up like precious commodities” (Wayne Jackson. A New Testament Commentary. 2011. Christian Courier Publications: Stockton CA.) Time is a consumable. Once used, it cannot be reused!

We have “only a little while to walk in the light and joy of the loving service of Christ the Lord” (Burton Coffman. Coffman’s Commentary on the Bible.(cf.

The evolutionists squander their short lives, looking for historical time that doesn’t exist. We can be just as careless by wasting our precious hours day by day. As we meditate on resolutions, let us truly vow to use our time for the Lord and his cause, “telling its raptures abroad” to the lost and dying world.

*Miller, Jeff. Don't AssumeToo Much, Not All Assumptions in Science Are Bad.

(Note: Hour glass is from Wikipedia: Copyright (2014) Betty Jackson.
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.
See terms of use at

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Beginnings–An Introduction

   The Women of Hope “blog” has been on my mind for a while. I had discarded the idea of the blog because there are many good articles on the internet by Christian women. And the past few years have been distracting, with Wayne’s surgeries, taking care of my mother, then tending to her affairs after she died. There has been much catching up since then.

With the coming of the new year, I decided it is time to do more writing. However, Women of Hope will be different. The “Christian Courier women” will contribute articles and book reviews. We know how busy you are, so our articles will be not be lengthy, but hopefully relevant and helpful.

Christian Courier Publications is important to each of us. Though we have not written anything major or well-known, we support our husbands with the “Courier” mission. We are delighted when we learn of someone obeying the gospel because of our efforts. There are thousands of people who daily find the productions of this work helpful. We hope to share that kind of news with you throughout the year.

Who are the “Christian Courier women”?  We are Betty Jackson, Sandy Jackson, Jill Jackson, and Tyrian Boggs (Tyrian is unable to be part of Women of Hope at this time due to heavy responsibilities. However, she is vital to our work and we appreciate her.) We will contribute articles to Women of Hope as we are able. 

Links are below to learn more about us.

        About Sandy Jackson          About Jill Jackson     About Betty Jackson

We hope and pray that this site will be of value to you in your work for the kingdom of our dear Lord.

With Love,
Betty Jackson

Jason and Jill Jackson
Wayne and Betty Jackson
Jared and Sandy Jackson