Are You a Good Manager?

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Admit it. Nobody likes a bad manager.

When things are poorly managed, everybody suffers. Things become disorganized. People get confused. Information gets lost. Productivity wanes. All in all, poor management can lead to mass chaos.

Good managers place priority in taking good care of the people or tasks assigned to them. They model service. They are selfless. They set a standard of excellence for others to follow.

In reality, we’re all managers. God has entrusted to our care numerous things of which He expects us to be good stewards. A literal translation of the word steward is manager. Whether it’s money, time, relationships, talents, or even God’s green earth, we’re called to be responsible managers.

So how are you managing the things God has placed in your care?

Keep these things in mind when it comes to managing your God-given responsibilities:

  1. God is in charge. Psalm 24:1 (NIV) reminds us, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” And in the Book of James we learn, “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above” (1:17, HCSB). As humans who are often on mission for fame, possessions, and power, we must humble ourselves daily, acknowledging God as our Creator and Sustainer. As we trust in His provision, God will give us all we need.
  2. Honesty is the best policy. Manipulation and deceit are Satan’s tactics when trying to lure us off the path of being good managers. Don’t let Satan win. We’re reminded in 1 Corinthians 4:2 (ESV), “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” Always be honest and trustworthy.
  3. We need each other. When we each use our God-given gifts, everyone benefits. We learn in 1 Corinthians 12:6-7 (MSG), “Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful.” As we strive to be good managers, we must work together and appreciate the different abilities, gifts, and skills that each person brings to the mix.

If you allow it, the ability to be a good manager is attainable. It won’t always be easy. It won’t always be fun. But in the end, our responsibility to God remains. Choose to be a good manager. As you make stewardship a priority, you’ll glorify God and set a great standard for those around you to go and do the same.

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3 Ways to Conquer Busyness

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It’s not uncommon these days to hear the phrase, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” And not just in the comical way. It’s because people are legitimately too busy. Balancing time between what’s truly important and what’s secondary is a difficult task. Busyness can get the best of us when we least expect it.

A lack of responsible time management can destroy relationships, damage reputations, and detour plans. In the end, a few simple adjustments to your to-do list can change everything.

So how can we develop a proper and healthy balance of our tasks and activities?

Here are three healthy ways we can tailor our time:

1) Unplug. Time is precious–especially when relationships are involved. One of the greatest thieves of the clock is technology. Email, social media, TV, and so forth–they’re robbing us of real life. And guess what? They can wait. When it’s time to be face-to-face with others, pull the plug. You can do it! And the more you do it, the more you’ll crave it.

2) Reorganize. Since we’re creatures of habit, we often get caught up in regular routine patterns without changing things up on occasion. If your schedule is too full, consider reorganizing a few things to free up some time for what matters most. Maybe that involves getting up an hour earlier to plan ahead. Or it might require enlisting someone to help you develop some clear scheduling boundaries. Regardless, shake up your routine and take back some of your extra time.

3) Take Inventory. If your schedule is full, it’s necessary to take inventory from time to time. Consider what’s missing and what is in abundance. Is it time to remove something from your daily or weekly schedule? Is it time to make some substitutions? Whatever the case, a regular evaluation of your to-do list can truly be one of the most healthy tasks you can take on.

Don’t let your loved ones, your health, or your sanity suffer due to poor time management skills. A little bit of focus goes a long way.

Here are a few words of wisdom regarding time management:

“Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk–not as unwise people but as wise–making the most of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

“The future is ‘something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.'” – C.S. Lewis

“It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.” – A.W. Tozer