The plan was to rise early, finish my run by 6:30, get a quick shower, spend time with the Lord over a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal, and hit the writing hard by 8:30. It’s now 10:00. And I didn’t even get the run in. And I’m going sans shower today, since I didn’t run and all. (It’s okay. I’m all by myself today!)
- I commit the day to the Lord and surrender myself to Him for His service. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
- I know my purpose. When I know that my purpose is to glorify God and to do His work, whatever that may be for that day, then I feel the weightiness of staying on task.
- I know what roles are mine and which ones are not. For instance, while it is my role to love and support my grown children, it is no longer my role to do for them things which they can do on their own.
- I take note of those things which easily distract me. I no longer even turn on the television in the morning. This used to be a huge time-wasting trap for me. I also set limits on when to check Facebook or Twitter.
- I value my work. While my work should not master or drive me, I do need to see it as work assigned by the Lord for which He has graciously gifted and called me… Even if it’s folding clothes or bathing the dogs!
- I ask God to keep me on task. I give Him permission to be my “supervisor” throughout the day. Since I work freelance from home and don’t have anyone to whom I am accountable, it is important to remember that I am still accountable to the Lord for how I use my time.
- I meditate on truth. I can’t tell you how much just memorizing Ephesians 5:15-16 has helped me get a grip on my day! The passage may sound foreboding, but it does me good to remember that the day has the potential for serving me ill. It makes me want to use the day for the Lord all the more.