If you want something that will challenge you to redeem the time, read a biography of John Wesley. I believe he is perhaps the greatest example since the time of the apostles of a man who made every moment count for the glory of God.
When Samuel Johnson, one of England’s most esteemed writers, urged Wesley to visit with him a bit longer, Wesley explained, “Pardon me, sir, but I am obliged to meet with a widow and her family in an hour. I must go.” “You are always in hurry” complained Johnson. To which Wesley replied, “No, sir. I am always in haste, but never in a hurry. I never undertake more than I can do with perfect calmness of spirit.”
That response gives us an excellent philosophy for scheduling our day. Always in haste, but never in a hurry. Never undertaking more than we can accomplish with perfect calmness of spirit. Mr. Wesley both articulated and demonstrated for us a very powerful and Scriptural formula for redeeming 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.