Get Ready to Take Back Your Time! Part 4

Get Ready to Take Back Your Time! Part 4

In part 3 of our series, we explored how we can invest time most wisely in our relationships. This final section will explore the value of making time for money.

Time for Money Matters

Though money steals our years in terms of worry, frustration, and lost opportunity – managing it often ranks lowest on our priority list. However, through my experience as a Halftime coach, I have found that the larger question for many Halftimers is how they can invest the much more valuable currency of time. Becoming a good steward of your resources will literally help you buy time so you don’t have to invest your years in a job you hate.  Money is one of the hot topics of the Bible, with more than two thousand verses referencing to finances or possessions. Money should be placed in the right perspective and priority— under God. Let me break it down into three spiritual principles of money:

It’s our responsibility: God is watching what we do with what we’ve been entrusted with, and he hopes we’ll multiply our resources— whatever they are. He wants interest on his investment, especially the time he’s given each of us on earth. It’s our job to be good stewards of money. And money is time.

Money is Not the Goal: God promises us a life of riches, just not necessarily financial riches. God calls us to a life of sacrifice along with blessing. Money is an area of life, just like any other, that the Lord will help us with if we ask him. God never intended us to be slaves to finances or jobs we hate. He intended us to use money for good purposes.

time is moneyThe Test of Giving: When we give to God first, he always gives back. In the measure we give, we also receive. In fact, giving is the only area in the Bible where God actually tells us to test him (Malachi 3:10). If you want to start getting out of debt, give first to God. If you want to build a business, give first to God. If you want enough income to carry you through your retirement years, give first to God. Pay God first, and just watch what he does in your life. You simply cannot out give him.

Test him in this. Give first to God and just see how he blesses your life— spiritually, emotionally, and yes, financially.

Action Tips:

Ask yourself:

1. What one step can I take today to become a good steward of my resources?

2. How can I invest my time and money into something that matters to God and me?

Paul McGinnis
Paul’s first half career was filled with a variety of roles in marketing, sales and operations. He worked for a large, non-profit financial institution as well as a Fortune 250 company where he led the marketing efforts in one of their fastest growing divisions.

As he climbed the corporate ladder, God began tugging at his heart saying He had more for him than success, wealth and a corner office. This started an incredible journey for Paul filled with wild leaps of faith, incredible lessons in humility and a life-changing shift in his perspective.

Paul heard about the Halftime Institute through an alumnus and enrolled and began working with his coach. At first this led him to becoming a certified Halftime Coach to help other marketplace leaders discover their next calling, but he knew God had more for him. A few months later, the opportunity came to join the Halftime Institute team and lead their marketing efforts. This role plus his coaching was the final piece of his Halftime puzzle.

Paul and his wife Maryann have been married more than 25 years and have two grown kids, Drew and Jennica.

“It’s been amazing for me to see God use every single aspect of my first half journey to lead me to a second half of joy and impact.  I now see the “why” behind many things that have happened in my life, and I thank God that He loves me enough to give me just a small glimpse into His plan, purpose and process."

Check out Paul's article, My Halftime Journal Entry:  October 12, 2012

Check out Paul's Podcasts:
God Said Go So I Did - Eternal Leadership
When You Feel Restless in Your Career - Entrepreneur on Purpose