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The Box to Manage

If you struggle with time management — like I do — we can think inside the boxes.

In this 4-part series, each week I’ll share two examples from the Bible to support the principles. The first box is the one to manage.

Box 1 – Urgent & Important

I don’t know who invented this matrix.Demand meets necessity as we decide the best way to manage our crises and pressing problems.

  • The exam is tomorrow.
  • A child gets sick at school.
  • We are late for work.
  • The project is due today.
  • The car breaks down.

Two Biblical Examples

Lot’s family flees Sodom & Gomorrah Genesis 19:1-29

1. Two angels came to warn Lot, Abraham’s nephew. His family needed to escape the fire and brimstone that God would rain down on the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels warned them not to stop or look back.

Lot fled toward the next town with his wife and two daughters. Lot and the girls made it safely. But Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.

Zacchaeus in a sycamore tree Luke 19:1-10

2. Jesus was passing through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem, where he would be crucified. This was the last time Jesus would set foot in Jericho.

Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, was a short man. He didn’t want to miss seeing Jesus before it was too late, so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree.

Jesus saw Zacchaeus and called him down. The tax collector pledged generosity. Jesus said, “Today salvation has come to this house… For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”


Urgent and Important = top priority. Will we manage our time wisely when the clock is ticking and the stakes are high?

Next week we’ll explore the box in which we spend way too little time:  Not Urgent and Important.

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