1. Get in alignment with God.
If we are going to be successful in life, we must first have a clear acceptance of Jesus as the lead of our life. As our Creator, Lord, and Savior, Jesus has the right to be our comforter and also to correct us when our attitudes become unpleasant. So knowing who Jesus is to us is important, because when we get in alignment then we know that there is a commanded blessing for us. Our relationship must be more than just looking to Jesus when things start going badly in our life, but we have to have a heart and desire to look to Him for love and direction in both good times and bad times.
So, Overcoming the Times begins with getting clear with who is holding you. For example, whenever people are being swept downstream in floods, you’ll notice that the first thing the rescuer will do is ensure that they themselves are secure. The rescuer won’t jump into the water until they are secure; And so by the same token, knowing who God is to us establishes the strong foundation and main core value needed for us to overcome the times we are living in.
2. Order our Thoughts
So many people spend their life feeling overwhelmed and that everything is going wrong. We have to stop speaking these loose summations of our life such as, “Everything is going wrong”, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Be specific with what is really going on, such as “I’ve got three areas that are screwed up, and otherwise everything else is good.” We won’t be able to tap into our creativity, when our mind is so consumed with so many things it needs to do.
I recently had a conversation with a close friend, who’d been pulling a lot of long hours at work; And they were presently frustrated with some office politics. All of this had brought my friend to the point where they were contemplating walking into the office and quitting on the spot. I informed them that they were experiencing fatigue: And “”Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All” “”Vince Lombardi—
My advice for my friend was to not make a hasty decision, while fatigued. Instead, I encouraged them to take some Vacation time as soon as possible. This would enable them to rest their mind, rejuvenate their body, and then with a fresh perspective they could re-evaluate their work situation.
What many of us don’t realize is that our mind is a muscle, and after being overworked, it will get tired. When this happens we start making hasty decisions or procrastinating, and this is not good. So when we feel our mind getting cluttered, we have to put our thoughts back into order. It’s like Luke 15, the coin was missing, so the house needed to be swept to find it. When we feel like something is missing from our life, let’s sweep our mind. Let’s figure out what’s going wrong and get a solution, because it is so easy to feel overwhelmed; And overwhelmed is an enemy.
3. Do a brain dump
Every so often, possibly at the beginning of each month, draft a written list of all of the things you feel you need to get done. As long as all of this stuff is just sitting in our head its doing just like it does sitting in our mobile device when we have too many applications open…draining the battery. Holding this stuff in our head slows our memory down. With so much clutter on the inside of us, there is no room for creativity. God crated us to be problem solvers. We have overcoming and more than conqueror grace on us. The thing is we have to get to a place where this grace will have room to breathe. Yes, this means we need to take some time to rest. By the way, be sure to checkoff each item on your list, as you complete them.
4. Take control of your schedule
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Start each day off on the right note by seeking God through prayer. Together make a plan for each day. If we don’t make a plan for our day, other people will run us all day.
Mark 1:35 says, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Jesus got up before He had to, got away from folks, and communed with His Father to get the plan for the day.
Be intentional about spending this early morning time with God. Leadership Coach, John Maxwell, said, “Successful people do daily, what unsuccessful people do occasionally.” Successful people get up each day, before they have to, so that they can chart the course of their day. This is across the board; teaching, sports, music, law, etc…
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
The verse above is basically saying, “Okay, God, it’s another day; And I’m coming to You. I’ve got a test on this, or a Performance Review at work. I’ve got this event coming up, and I’m trusting in You to order my steps and prepare the path of success for me.” So while you’re looking at your schedule for the day and week, the Holy Spirit will begin to bring strategies and reminders to your mind. Write down the Lord’s instructions.
Also, at night, take about 15min. to ponder and review the events of the day. What could I have done better? What did I get caught wasting time on? There is wisdom in reflection.
5. Be aware of people, who are time or talent wasters.
You do not need to necessarily cut these folks out of your life, but you may need to redefine the relationship. For example, if you have an individual in your life, and you know that every time this person comes around they always bring a bunch of slander and gossip, you may want to just say Hi and then keep it moving or rather than entertaining their gossip about others, you may just respond with, “Let’s just keep them in our prayers.”
Remember, we can’t manage time, we can only manage tasks. We can’t slow down or speed up time. What we must do is manage the tasks that we must do, and when we see someone encroaching on the time that we’ve been given, the time that we want to put into self-development, mental development, or whatever we need to get done; we have to be okay with letting these individuals know that we need to get back up with them at a later time.
We want to overcome the times, and not allow the times that we are living in to overcome us. We must not allow other people to run our lives, but instead God must be in charge and we have to be willing to serve Him with gladness.