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Reflection: “Bible Verses on Time Managment”

By Ling-Ling Shih, Copyright © 2009-2012

I felt my time has not been managed as well as I would like. I found myself  get side-tracked more than I would like to admit. If I want more from my life, I need first to know how to best use my time. I want to see what Bible has to say about the topic, so I googled “Bible Verses on Time Management” and found this article, “Bible Verses About Time Management, written by John Sachem (Bible Verses about Time management by John Sachem).

He reminds us–“when we submit our priorities and goals to God we are able to evaluate and focus our attention on areas that matter most.” Then he quoted the following: “The effective time and life management is to organize and execute around priorities” from Stephen Covey’s well-known best seller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

When we set time aside to reflect on our priorities in life in quiet hours, it is usually not hard to find where our priorities should be. The challenge for us is to keep the priorities clear in mind throughout the day when we are going about our business.

Sachem is right in saying that our time management is primarily to realize what should be our right focus in life. If our priorities go against God’s will, we will waste our time and energy in vain, and even live a self-destructive life. Time management is: in essence, a matter of setting our hearts on the right matters. But how do we know the priorities we set for ourselves are not misplaced?  Proverb 3: 5-6 warns us:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

箴 言 3:5-6

你 要 专 心 仰 赖 耶 和 华 , 不 可 倚 靠 自 己 的 聪 明 ,

在 你 一 切 所 行 的 事 上 都 要 认 定 他 , 他 必 指 引 你 的 路(Audio reading of this passage in Chinese)

5. Nǐ yào zhuān xīn yǎng laì Yēhéhuá , bùkĕ yǐkào zìjǐ de cōngming.
6. zaì nǐ yīqiè suǒ xíng de shì shang , dōu yào rèn déng tā , tā bì zhī yǐn nǐde lù.

Jesus also teaches us,

Luke 12:34

34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Audio reading of this passage in English)

路 加 福 音 12:34

34 因 为 , 你 们 的 财 宝 在 那 里 , 你 们 的 心 也 在 那 里 。(Audio reading of this passage in Chinese)

34 Yīnwei nǐmen de cáibǎo zaì nàli , nǐmen de xīn yĕ zaì nàli .

We will spend time on what our heart treasures. As Jesus said,

Matthew 6:24

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

馬 太 福 音 6:24

24 一 个 人 不 能 事 奉 两 个 主 ; 不 是 恶 这 个 , 爱 那 个 , 就 是 重 这 个 , 轻 那 个 。 你 们 不 能 又 事 奉 神 , 又 事 奉 玛 门 ( 玛 门 : 财 利 的 意 思 ) 。(Audio reading of this passage in Chinese)

24 Yī gèrén bùnéng shìfèng liǎng ge zhǔ . bú shì è zhège aì nàge , jiù shì zhòng zhège qīng nàge . nǐmen bùnéng yòu shìfèng shén , yòu shìfèng mǎmén . ( mǎmén shì cái lì de yìsi )

So if we treasure the wrong things, the consequence could be, oh–you name it–from bad to worst; nothing positive will come out of it.  Talents may lay dormant, dream unfulfilled, relationships (both human & our relation with God) neglected or ruined, and life destroyed. Even if one prospers in the world’s eyes,

Mark 8:36

36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? (Audio reading of this passage in English)

馬 可 福 音 8:36

36 人 就 是 赚 得 全 世 界 ,赔 上 自 己 的 生 命 , 有 甚 麽 益 处 呢?(Audio reading of this passage in Chinese)

36 Rén jiù shì zhuàn dé quán shìjiè , péi shang zìjǐ de shēngmìng , yǒu shénme yìchu ne.

Thanks to Sachem, he collected verses that imparts God’s wisdom on how to live our life–where to spend our time, where not to. I thought it would profit us both to go over them and learn them in both Chinese and English versions. I know to learn all these verses in Chinese will be difficult for Beginning Chinese learners, but open your heart and ears to them.  Take in what you can.  Meditate on the meanings and savor reading them in different tongues even if you don’t know every single Chinese word. Please click here to Look up and listen to these verses in Chinese. The list of  verses inspires us to seek God’s wisdom on how to manage our time  and live a life according to His plan for us.

Ephesians 5:15-16

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Matthew 6:33

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Audio reading of this passage in English).

Colossians 4:5-6

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

1 Corinthians 9:26-27

26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Psalm 39:4-5

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.  (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Proverbs 13:4

A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

James 4:13-17

Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. The length of our days is seventy years-or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Ecclesiastes 3:1

A Time for Everything

3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Psalm 33:11

11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

1 Timothy 4:14-16

14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Hebrews 6:11-12

11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Proverbs 19:21

21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Deuteronomy 4:29

29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Proverbs 21:5

The plans of the diligent lead to profit
as surely as haste leads to poverty. (Audio reading of this passage in English)

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Audio reading of this passage in English )

Jesus, thank you for laying down your life for us. Thank you for coming down on earth to save what is lost.

Luke 19:10

10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Audio reading of this passage in English)

路 加 福 音 19:10

10 人 子 来 , 为 要 寻 找 , 拯 救 失 丧 的 人 。(Audio reading of this passage in Chinese).

0 Rénzǐ lái , wèi yào xúnzhǎo zhĕngjiù shīsàng de rén.

Thank you for coming down on earth to show us how we should live our life. I pray that you will keep us aware of your purpose in our lives even when we feel overwhelmed by many life distractions. Help us live a balanced life, take good care of ourselves and those who depend on us, Amen.

Additional Resources:

诗歌:人若赚得全世界 

Chinese Gospel Music:What good is it for someone to gain the whole world

歌词 Lyrics  in Chinese Traditional Characters

Uploaded by on Mar 18, 2011

Vernora Wong: “It has been a tough week… I didn’t think I’m that attached to Japan… but indeed I guess somehow I’ve already had this country in my heart. Many came to me and said “Hey you should be glad that you came back from Sendai just a week ago…” I know what they mean, but I just couldn’t adapt to that way of thinking. Every morning, when I read the news on my way to work, when I watch the news on TV at home, I couldn’t help crying and crying and crying. These people, need God.
See also people fighting for salt, for milk powder… the nuclear crisis… and thinking about the financial crisis in 2008, ‘What’s going on in this world?” … We are all like lost sheep, not knowing where to go, or what is the right thing to do. We couldn’t see the light, couldn’t see the meaning of life.

Even so, one thing remained true: God still loves us. So pleaseeee Lord, have mercy on us.

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诗歌:人若赚得全世界 

Chinese Gospel Music:What good is it for someone to gain the whole world

歌词 Lyrics with Translation

当生命将失去

dāng shēngmìng jiāng shīqù

When life is going to pass away

谁又可以伸手把它留住

shéi yòu kěyi shēnshǒu bǎ tā liúzhù

who could reach out and make it stay

放开紧握的拳头

fàngkāi jǐnwò de quántou

Let go our clenched fists

最后发现剩下空空双手

zuìhòu fāxiàn shēngxià kōngkōng shuāngshǒu

Only to discover that what’s left is  our empty hands

最美丽也只是曾经拥有

zuì měilìyě zhǐshi céngjīng yǒngyǒu

The most beautiful can only be in our memory

(literally, the most beautiful is only what we once had.)

再努力也沒法將最爱挽留

zài nǔlì yě měifǎ jiāng zuìài wǎnlií

No matter how hard we try we can’t get our loved one back

人若赚得全世界赢了什么

rén ruò zhuàn de quán shìjiè yíng le shénme

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world

还有什么可以买回來生命

háiyǒu shénme kěyǐ mǎi huílái shēngmìng

yet nothing may bring life back

放下自己好吗

fàngxià zìjǐ hǎoma

Lay down ourselves, shall we

放下忧虑牵挂

fàngxià yōulǜqiānguà

Put away  our worries and cares

一片黑暗的世界有天总会看见光

yípiàn hēi‘àn de shìjiè yǒutiān zǒnghuì kànjiàn guāng

A dark world will see the light one day

仰望祂的十字架

yǎngwàng tā de shízìjià

Look up his cross

愛裡沒有懼怕

ài lǐ méiyǒu jǜpà

There is no fear in love

只要相信等待

zhǐyào xiāngxìn děngdài

As long as we believe

雨後一定會有彩虹

yǔhòu yídìng huì yǒu cǎihóng

There will be a rainbow waiting after the rain

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Life is so treacherous. No one knows when it would be his or her last hour. Every hour given to us is a gift from God. We are all destined to die. When we think about this, it seems to put things into perspective and help us to know where to attach importance as we run our daily lives.

Vocabulary for the song:

Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Mandarin Pinyin English Definition
dang1 to be; to act as; manage; withstand; when; during; ought; should; match equally; equal; same; obstruct; just at (a time or place); on the spot; right; just at;
生命 生命 sheng1 ming4 life; living; biological; CL:個|个[ge4];
jiang1 will; shall; to use; to take; to checkmate; just a short while ago;
失去 失去 shi1 qu4 to lose;
shei2 who; also pr. [shui2];
you4 (once) again; also; both… and…; and yet; (used for emphasis) anyway;
可以 可以 ke3 yi3 can; may; possible; able to;
伸手 伸手 shen1 shou3 to hold out a hand; to ask for sth;
ba3 to hold; to contain; to grasp; to take hold of; handle; particle marking the following noun as a direct object; classifier for objects with handle; classifier for small objects: handful;
ta1 it;
留住 留住 liu2 zhu4 to ask sb to stay; to keep sb for the night; to await (classical);
放开 放開 fang4 kai1 to unleash; to release;
紧握 緊握 jin3 wo4 to hold firmly, not let go;
de5 of; ~’s (possessive particle); (used after an attribute); (used to form a nominal expression); (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis);
拳头 拳頭 quan2 tou2 fist; clenched fist; competitive (product); superior quality;
最后 最後 zui4 hou4 final; last; finally; ultimate;
发现 發現 fa1 xian4 to find; to discover;
剩下 剩下 sheng4 xia4 to remain; left over;
空空 空空 kong1 kong1 empty; vacuous; nothing; vacant; in vain; all for nothing; air-to-air (missile);
双手 雙手 shuang1 shou3 pair of hands;
zui4 most; the most; -est (superlative suffix);
美丽 美麗 mei3 li4 beautiful;
ye3 surname Ye;
只是 只是 zhi3 shi4 merely; simply; only; but;
曾经 曾經 ceng2 jing1 once; already; former; previously; ever; (past tense marker used before verb or clause);
拥有 擁有 yong1 you3 to have; to possess;
zai4 again; once more; re-; second; another; then (after sth, and not until then);
努力 努力 nu3 li4 great effort; to strive; to try hard;
ye3 also
没法 沒法 mei2 fa3 at a loss; unable to do anything about it; to have no choice;
jiang1 will; shall; to use; to take; to checkmate; just a short while ago;
zui4 most; the most; -est (superlative suffix);
ai4 to love; affection; to be fond of; to like;
挽留 挽留 wan3 liu2 to urge to stay; to detain;
ren2 man; person; people; CL:個|个[ge4],位[wei4];
ruo4 to seem; like; as; if;
赚得 賺得 zhuan4 de2 to earn;
quan2 whole
世界 世界 shi4 jie4 world; CL:個|个[ge4];
ying2 to beat; to win; to profit;
le5 (modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker);
什么 甚麼 shen2 me5 what; what?; who?; something; anything;
还有 還有 hai2 you3 furthermore; in addition; still; also;
什么 甚麼 shen2 me5 what; what?; who?; something; anything;
可以 可以 ke3 yi3 can; may; possible; able to;
买回 買回 mai3 hui2 to buy back; to redeem; repurchase;
来生 來生 lai2 sheng1 next life;
ming4 life; fate; order or command; to assign a name, title etc;
放下 放下 fang4 xia5 to put down; to let go; to set aside; to digress;
自己 自己 zi4 ji3 oneself; one’s own;
hao3 good; well; proper; good to; easy to; very; so; (suffix indicating completion or readiness);
ma3 a question marker
放下 放下 fang4 xia5 to put down; to let go; to set aside; to digress;
忧虑 憂慮 you1 lv4 to worry; anxiety (about);
牵挂 牽掛 qian1 gua4 to worry about; to be concerned about; worry (n)
一片 一片 yi1 pian4 piece; slice;
黑暗 黑暗 hei1 an4 dark; darkly; darkness;
de5 of; ~’s (possessive particle); (used after an attribute); (used to form a nominal expression); (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis);
世界 世界 shi4 jie4 world; CL:個|个[ge4];
you3 to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be;
tian1 day; sky; heaven;
zong3 always; to assemble; gather; total; overall; head; chief; general; in every case;
hui4 can; be possible; be able to; will; be likely to; be sure to; to assemble; to meet; to gather; to see; union; group; association; CL:個|个[ge4]; a moment (Taiwan pr. for this sense is [hui3]);
看见 看見 kan4 jian4 to see; to catch sight of;
guang1 light; ray; CL:道[dao4]; bright; only; merely; to use up;
仰望 仰望 yang3 wang4 to look up at; to look up to sb hopefully;
ta1 he, it (pronoun used for God);
de5 of; ~’s (possessive particle); (used after an attribute); (used to form a nominal expression); (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis);
十字架 十字架 shi2 zi4 jia4 cross; crucifix; yoke one has to endure;
ai4 to love; affection; to be fond of; to like;
li3 lining; interior; inside; internal; also written 裏|里[li3];
没有 沒有 mei2 you3 haven’t; hasn’t; doesn’t exist; to not have; to not be;
惧怕 懼怕 ju4 pa4 to be afraid; fear
只要 只要 zhi3 yao4 if only; so long as;
相信 相信 xiang1 xin4 to be convinced (that sth is true); to believe; to accept sth as true;
等待 等待 deng3 dai4 to wait; to wait for;
yu3 rain; CL:陣|阵[zhen4],場|场[chang2];
hou4 back; behind; rear; afterwards; after; later;
一定 一定 yi1 ding4 surely; certainly; necessarily; fixed; a certain (extent etc); given; particular; must;
hui4 can; be possible; be able to; will; be likely to; be sure to; to assemble; to meet; to gather; to see; union; group; association; CL:個|个[ge4]; a moment (Taiwan pr. for this sense is [hui3]);
you3 to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be;
彩虹 彩虹 cai3 hong2 rainbow;

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