Respect Me, Respect My Time

There are 27 things to do today, and yet we wasted time turning down a telemarketer. At what point do you stop a phone conversation with someone because you need to get back to work? Should I keep waiting for that person who's late or move on to something else?

Psalm 90:12 says: So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

If I am to apply my time to learn more about God and use that knowledge and understanding to serve Him, I cannot waste any of my time while I have it. This goes for all Christian women - the time we have to serve the Lord is precious and we must use each moment of it. These are the treasures we store up for ourselves in Heaven.

With this in mind, how can we use our time wisely and respect other women who are trying to do the same thing? If each minute of our Christian service is so incredibly important, how can we treat each other wisely and respect our time?

* Be punctual. Early is even better.
* Be prepared for meetings/lessons/classes. If someone has taken the time to prepare for this gathering, take the time to be ready, on time and excited.
* Don't interrupt, as if your ideas are more important.
* Avoid sending non-essential e-mails, like thanking someone for thanking you.
* Also avoid silly fill-in-the-blank e-mails that most people don't have time to participate in.
* Follow through with your promises and responsibilities.
* Don't assume you understand or already know. Ask questions.
* Don't underestimate the time it will take you to complete projects or travel somewhere.
* Tell someone if you're not going to be there, couldn't get something finished or have forgotten something.
* Go out of your way to do more than the bare minimum.
* Listen for cues that you might be overstaying your welcome. "Well, it's about that time," "I hate to keep you," and "I have a lot to do today" are pretty clear ones.
* Do the projects you've promised for other people before you do your own. This not only gets them out of the way, but it shows that you genuinely care about what they need.

Remember that our service to the Lord is the most important work we'll ever do. If other women have the same mentality, we can help each other do their best by respecting their time. And don't forget to make the most of your own time, too.

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