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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MacDonald's Laws of Unseized Time

MacDonald's Laws of Unseized Time
A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest-
 and poverty will come on you like a bandit
    and scarcity like an armed man. (Proverbs 24:33-34, NIV)






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MacDonald's Laws of Unseized Time

By Evan Nehring

Do you ever feel like time is just getting away from you? Does it seem like you're stuck in the slow lane, a bit overwhelmed? If we don’t take hold of our time, we end up settling for something less than what we could be. Gordon MacDonald gave four laws for seizing our time.[1]

“Law #1: Unseized time flows toward my weaknesses.” 
We end up investing ourselves in things unrelated to our mission in life. That'll be a bit disappointing, eh? When we look back decades from now and see how little time was spent on our areas of passion.

“Law #2: Unseized time comes under the influence of dominant people in my world.” 
If we don’t use our time, someone else will! How would you feel about someone in your world getting hold of your Google calendar and filling it with things they'd like you to do? Uh, yeah, that's what MacDonald is saying.

“Law #3: Unseized time surrenders to the demands of all emergencies.” 
Crisis living can suck us down the drain like used bathwater! It's amazing how much more stressful and expensive things are when they're not planned for.

“Law #4: Unseized time gets invested in things that gain public acclamation.” 
It’s easy to do what gets noticed instead of what’s important. So we end up becoming well known and shallow. All charisma, not character...

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 I went past the field of the sluggard,
     past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
 thorns had come up everywhere,
    the ground was covered with weeds,
    and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed
    and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest-
 and poverty will come on you like a bandit
    and scarcity like an armed man. (Proverbs 24:30-34, NIV)

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Do you ever feel like time is just getting away from you? Do MacDonald's laws help?
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[1] Gordon MacDonald. Ordering Your Private World. (Nashville, TN: Oliver-Nelson, 1985), 74-79.

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