Some Thoughts on Planning and Using Time


Some Thoughts
on Planning and Using Time

[The following selection may seem extreme to some of our readers.  It may seem legalistic.  It may even seem unrealistic.  However, Fomum’s seriousness in dealing with this matter of time use has convicted me—and it may convict you as well.  Read with an open mind and let us derive as much good from this as possible.  RH]


  1. God is the Master Planner.

  2. God planned the salvation of the world from the foundations of the world.

  3. God has a fixed time for everything.  The Bible says, “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven” (Eccles. 3:1).

  4. The Lord Jesus followed a predetermined time schedule.  He said, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here” (John 7:6).

  5. All who want to be like God plan their time even as He has planned His.

  6. Those who do not plan their time have decided that time, events and circumstances will rule them.  They are like a tree whose branches and leaves are open to be moved in any direction, by any wind, coming from any direction, at whatever intensity, for whatever duration and at whatever hour.  They are like a branch at sea, totally at the mercy of the waves.

  7. God plans His time and keeps to it.

  8. Those who want to be like God, plan their time before God and having planned it, keep to it.

  9. Those who plan their time have decided to succeed.

  10. Those who do not plan their time have decided to fail.

  11. Satan labors to ensure that he has a great portion of all time that is not planned.

  12. Those who plan to succeed have clearly defined other of priorities written down.

  13. Those who succeed give the majority of their time to their priority project(s).

  14. Those who succeed give the best hours to their priority project.  They, therefore, give the best and the largest portion of their time to their priority project(s).

  15. The priority project of Jesus was prayer.

  16. Jesus gave His best hours to His priority project.  The Bible says, “And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed “ (Mark 1:35).

  17. To tell what or who a man worships, look at the distribution of his time.  His God has the largest share.

  18. Sleep is the God of most people and they have planned it to be so.  They protect their sleeping hours with full force.  They hardly do a thing to protect the others things and when something does not happen, they convert the time to sleeping time.

  19. There are others whose God is idleness.

  20. Each person faithfully keeps the appointment he makes with the God of his life.  He does everything to be at the appointment.  No one misses an appointment with his God without deep regret and pain.

  21. In order to know who a man’s God is, find out whose appointment he will not break.

  22. To know a man’s real priority, from his inner being, find out what he will not fail doing except under extremely impossible circumstances.

  23. Those who worship the goddess “sleep” give her the largest portion of their time.

  24. Those who worship idleness give goddess “idleness” many hours each day.

  25. Idleness is defined as the time that is not put into useful work.

  26. Any time that cannot be accounted for is wasted.

  27. Those who walk close to the Lord redeem the time because the days are evil.  They simply obey the command, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).

  28. Those who understand the will of God redeem time.

  29. Those who do not redeem time do not understand what the will of the Lord is.

  30. Wisdom is measured, in part, by whether or not a man redeems time.

  31. Greater wisdom is manifested, in part, by a greater amount of time redeemed.

  32. The real evidence that a project is on a man’s heart, that it is a priority project, is that he will invest all his “free” time into it.

  33. Fools have no priority projects.

  34. Losers may plan well, but they leave out their priority projects and get carried away with secondary and tertiary issues.

  35. Losers leave the issues on their program and get carried away with new issues that seem more exciting.

  36. Winners stick to the priority issue.

  37. Winners draw timetables.

  38. Winners put the priority issues on the timetable.

  39. Winners then look at the timetable and ask, “Is there anything I can do to give more time to the priority project?”

  40. Winners ask, “What secondary or tertiary issue can I take off my timetable so that the time allocated to it may be added to that already given to my priority project?”  He asks, looks at the timetable, weighs things, strikes off some things and gives the time initially programmed for them to the priority project.

  41. Winners ask, “How can I cut down my sleeping time in order to increase the time available for my priority project?”  He may then say, “I sleep six hours.  I will teach my body to be satisfied with five hours of sleep and then I will increase the amount of time available for my priority project by one hour.”  If a person is investing eight hours a day on a project that should take ten years, and decides to give away one hour of sleep to the project and therefore invests nine hours a day on the project, he will accomplish the project in 8.9 years.  He has saved 1.1 year in which to plan and get another project started.  This is really great!  This, of course, requires discipline and we know that the world belongs to the disciplined.  The apostle Paul believed in discipline and confessed, “I pommel [buffet] my body and subdue it” (1 Corinthians 9:27).  Every one can pommel [buffet] his body and subdue it.  There is no body that cannot be subdued.  There is no one (except those who are already sleeping for two or three hours a day) who cannot cut down their sleeping time and invest it in their priority projects.

  42. Winners, after they have done all they can to have all the time they can find given to the priority project on their timetables, cry to God, “Show me what else I can do to increase the time available to satisfy Your heart.”

  43. God will show the winner some other modifications that can help him gain time.

  44. The winner then finalizes the timetable and then seats it with God and nothing will move him from it.  Without this capacity to keep to a timetable with strict discipline, the making of timetable is a waste of time.

  45. Losers make timetables and then put them aside with a clear conscience.

  46. The devil labors to ensure that believers do not keep to their timetables for fear that they may accomplish their priority projects to his undoing.

Zacharias Tanee Fomum, The Use of Time, pp. 15-18


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