Stewards of our own time PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 December 2017 14:19

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

SINCE God has made us stewards of our own life, we need to learn how to manage the many resources entrusted to us so that we can be fruitful and productive in this life. Let’s remember that God will always ask us to account for what he has given us.

Among these resources, our time occupies a prominent and crucial place and plays a strategic role. It has been said that time is very precious because once it has passed, it can never be recovered. Some saints have regarded time not only as a treasure but also as glory, depending on how it is used.

We have to be really good in managing our time, being clear about the proper motives, priorities and standards in the use of time. The motives should be none other than love of God and others.

The priorities should always be God first, then others, then ourselves.

And the standards should be such that at the end of the day we can ‘harvest’ a good crop that at bottom is a matter of growth in sanctity and apostolic zeal. We should be clever enough that, though they have their objective value, we do not get too entangled with the technicalities involved.

In this regard, I suppose having daily plans and strategies would greatly help us. We always need some structure to guide us and facilitate things. This way we minimize getting distracted along the way.

We need to spell out as clearly as possible our goals, both the immediate and the long-term, as well as the means that we need. We have to know how to distinguish between what has absolute value to us and what only has relative value.

What we should avoid at all costs is to waste time when we find ourselves idle and not knowing what to do and in the process inviting all sorts of temptations to feast on us. This is a common phenomenon that we have to learn to overcome.

We should always be on the move, promptly doing what ought to be done in any given moment. This can require us to be fit physically, mentally, emotionally, for which a certain time may be allotted to do the appropriate exercises in the different aspects of our life.

That’s why we really have to be good at planning and strategizing our day, so we can attend to this need without compromising the other more important activities, or without getting confused and eventually lost.

Recently, for example, I was advised to make 10,000 steps daily to be physically fit. This will obviously take time, and so I just have to do some of my usual activities like praying, reading and writing walking.

Indeed, we should always be on the lookout for ways that can save as well as multiply time for us. To a certain extent, we have to learn the art of multi-tasking in a way that does not compromise the quality of each task.

There certainly is a great need for self-discipline here and lots of humility so we can learn even from some unavoidable mistakes and failures. We should not waste time ruing over our difficulties and failures. Let’s remember that God always has precious lessons for us to learn from our mistakes and failures. Let’s be quick to learn them.

We should also learn how to immediately bounce back after any fall that can happen to us. We should have a sporty attitude toward life’s ups and downs. As much as possible, we should enjoy all these.