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Protect Your Minutes and Make Them Good, and the Hours Will Automatically Follow

Cathy Deaton

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Take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves. - Lord Chesterfield

It is very easy to fill every minute of the day doing something. We even try to multi-task thinking that we can get twice as much done in the same amount of time, even though it has been proven that we are actually less productive when we do this.

It has become very hard for the average person to be able to sit in complete silence for a few moments and rest. It is even harder to think about problems or things that need changing in your life because that means you need to take some kind of action. Sometimes you feel there is so much to change that it will take too long, and are overwhelmed to even start at all.

It is like cleaning out a closet that is jam-packed with many things you do not need or have not used in years. You can always keep the door closed so you can try not to think of the clutter in there; or you can seize the moment, take everything out, and go through it to see what you need to get rid of.

The hardest part is actually making the decision to start. Once that is done, you seem to get into a frame of mind that tells you to make this a priority until you complete the job. Then you feel refreshed knowing that no more junk is taking up space in the closet. You feel that you have used your time wisely and have accomplished something good at the end of the day.

What I have just talked about is the job of the Holy Spirit in the life of every Christian. He wants to make you clean by revealing sin that might be hidden away, or that you have tucked away because you did not want to deal with it. He does this because He knows how much better you will feel. You know that all the junk is gone and you are a vessel that God can use for His Work.

The job of the Holy Spirit is also to give you guidance and direction for each minute, hour, and day of your life. He lives inside you and knows the truth about all things. All you have to do is ask Him to show you. He can help you to make each minute count for something eternal.

While Jesus was in His last three years of ministry on the earth He was an extremely busy man, but He was constantly in touch with the Father; that way He was able to do magnificent things that really counted for the Kingdom.

I know that you cannot be on your knees in prayer all day, or totally withdraw from life and commune with God in a closet. He knows that you have a job to do, children to care for, and all the normal everyday things that come up. He just wants you to make Him the #1 priority in your life. That way He is never far from your thoughts at any one time even though you may be busy doing everyday things.

You can truly make every moment count so that at the end of the day you can know you have accomplished what God intended.

Do not look at the enormity of the challenge; take one small step at the time, gain the victory over that step, and move to the next step.

With God's help, it is much simpler than you think to be victorious over something that looks impossible from a human standpoint.

Stand on Luke 1: 37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible. "

Cathy Deaton is the author of Handbook for Victorious Christian Living, a book for the Christian who is truly seeking God and wants to live in victory in every area of their life.

She also has started a blog at

God has truly done remarkable things in her life and she has found that He is truly a God of wonder and amazement, and wants to bless His children in more ways than they could ever imagine.

Her other site Blueprint for Victorious Christian Living takes passages from the Bible and gives the meaning of key words in the Greek or Hebrew. The articles are short and can be printed out easily for study or read online in about 5 minutes.


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