Organize and Prioritize

Monday, August 15, 2016

“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11 KJV).

Paul’s prayer for the Philippians—a timeless glimpse of Christian priorities!

I am often asked how I manage my extremely busy writing ministry. There are two methods. Firstly, I have organized on calendars the various tasks that need to be done on any given day, or in any given week or month. Those schedules reach several days or weeks into the future. At times, when much needs to be written, I resort to electronic dictation (where my computer types for me as I speak). On other occasions, when little writing in necessary, I manually type (like right now). There are times when typing is actually more efficient than dictation.

Secondly, I am selective when addressing written correspondence from others. Every critic does not need to be answered. I receive so many Bible questions every week, so I try to answer the easier ones first and get them out of the way. The more detailed questions are set aside for further study and thoughtful prayer. Ninety-five to ninety-nine percent of our emails get answered. The other five to one percent of emails are actually disregarded and deleted/spammed because of insulting, uncivilized language and downright stupidity. (Yes, “stupidity” is the most appropriate term to describe it!)

The Apostle Paul prayed that the Philippians—although mature—would grow more. They needed to love “more and more in knowledge and in all judgment” (today’s Scripture). We can all come to a greater awareness and discernment as to why we should love God and love others (especially fellow Christians). This will cause us to approve things that are excellent [of greater value].” Daily intake of sound Bible doctrine enables us to see which actions are necessary in any given situation to best glorify Father God. Let us be wise in using our time… let us be wise in how we use our time, too! 🙂

Our latest Bible Q&A: “What is ‘the Lord’s day’ of Revelation 1:10?