“The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.” Genesis 39:23
One of the important skills in life is management. We often think of this in terms of business. All businesses require some measure of “management.” This is simply the ability to operate the business efficiently and at a profit. As evidence of how complex this can be, there are both undergraduate and advanced degrees in business management.
But there are many things in life that respond to good management. One has to manage things like: the check book (or credit card statement), the meals for the week, one’s time, setting correct priorities, use of limited resources, relationships, housecleaning, and many other things. To live effectively, we need to expend some energy on the management of our life.
There are illustrations of where this does not happen. If you have ever watched the television show “Hoarders,” it is about people who never throw anything away. And many of them never clean up. At some point it is hard to distinguish these houses from local garbage dumps. This is an extreme example but others abound: the wealthy athlete whose fortune vanishes because of mismanagement; the person who cannot manage their emotional outbursts; or person who never know show much money is in the checking account.
Joseph in the Bible was a person gifted in the area of management. He showed a gift for being able to administer, Potiphar’s household, the jail where he was imprisoned, and finally all of Egypt during the time of famine. He gave attention to the areas under his charge and God blessed his labors.
We may not have a gift for administration like Joseph. But each one needs to manage the various of our lives. Whether it is keeping our room clean, not spending more than we earn, watching our calories, or nurturing important relationships, we should all seek to be effective managers. What area in your life needs attention at the moment? How can you be a better manager of God’s gifts of time, resources, and relationships?
With Warm Regards,