Perhaps you heard about the lady that was such a poor cook she used a smoke alarm as a timer.

Well that’s a bad joke, but the idea of using timers is a good one for those who wish to carefully guard their time. A $5 investment in an egg timer can quickly pay for itself as we learn to use it for everyday tasks. Microwave oven timers also do the same thing.

For example, set a goal tonight to have the dishes washed in 10 minutes and set your timer. The deadline will insure you work speedily and stay focused on the task at hand.

Timers also work well for children. They stay much more focused if they know the timer is going to ding in a few minutes and they get a prize for being done on time.

God has a plan for how He wants us to use each minute. Using timers is a simple way to stay current with that plan and to redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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