Mark Green is the CEO of Covenant Construction, Covenant Realty and Covenant Properties in Louisville, which have been in business for five years. Covenant Construction is a family owned and operated company founded on Christian principles that specializes in custom remodeling and renovations. Prior to that, Green was president of a lending corporation and worked in finance and mortgage banking for 27 years.
Green has been a member of Southeast Christian Church since 1994. For the last three years, he has served as an elder for the Blankenbaker Campus and also serves on the Missions Oversight Committee and Missions International Partnership Committee.
He and his wife, Linda, have five children and seven grandchildren and are currently fostering a child.
With such a full plate, Green shared insights on how he sets his schedule.
Why is setting your schedule so important?
Author Zig Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
“I’m pretty particular about setting my schedule,” Green said. “It goes back to my roots in my early corporation days. If I did not organize my day ahead, I would fail miserably because the day would own me. If I didn’t have critical things done before all of the employees and customers needed me, at the end of the day it was a train wreck. It was like a little one-day hand grenade went off around you, and now you’re trying to put the mess back together.”
When Green became a Christian in his early 30s, he recognized prioritizing your plans has its roots in the Redeemer.
“Jesus’ ministry in itself, which was about three years, implemented a plan that changed the world,” Green said. “Two-thousand-plus years later you’re asking me how time relates to a dude who walked the earth and is still relevant to this day. That alone shows how seriously He took His time and how effective His ministry was. It was the greatest story of what He accomplished in so little time. His focus on where He invested His time was laser-like.”
Green said Jesus arranged His agenda around the Father first, not His followers.
“In Mark 1, the disciples come running up to Jesus saying, ‘We’ve been looking for you, everybody’s waiting for you and we’re ready,’” Green added. “Jesus says, ‘No, we’re going this way.’ So He considers, weighs and measures what the Lord would have Him do, and He values time in this passage. Jesus said, ‘I don’t have time to go preach and heal more in this place because I have a different calling over there.’ His priorities came after spending time with the Lord.”
How can someone practically set their schedule?
While Green shared he’s far from perfect, he lists his five priorities and says the final four are dependent upon his “first fruits” to God:
3. Family (children and grandchildren)
5. Service (church and community)
Simply skimming through Jesus’ busy lifestyle can leave us gasping for breath, but Green says He never forgot His first priority was being a child of God.
“Again, Mark 1 shows Jesus having a full day of ministry,” Green said. “He preaches, heals Peter’s mother-in-law and then all night long He’s healing a long line of people. So Jesus is coming off an exhausting work day and then early the next morning, He gets up and prays to His Father.”
Green’s final four priorities are predicated upon “beginning with the end in mind.”
Because Green’s long-term goal is to have a loving relationship with his wife, he’s not lost at work or at church.
Green says protecting your priorities causes you to pause, reorganize and chart your calendar each day so you aren’t a slave to chaos.
“It’s a day-by-day thing,” Green said. “If I go through too long of a season out of kilter, things break. Without knowing your priorities, you’re just floating off into the weeds and often times it’s too late.”
Within the last year, Green and his wife became empty nesters, but they prepared for it rather than just improvising when it arrived.
Shortly after dropping off their daughter at college, they went on an anniversary retreat they called “Our Empty Nest Celebration.”
Finally, having a set schedule means Green can’t say “yes” to everything.
Green shared how he had gone to an important ministry event in many previous years, and as an elder, felt it was an important event to attend.
This year, however, Green did not attend so that he could spend the evening with his wife because of the priorities he previously had in place.
“Know what to say ‘no’ to,” he said. “You’ve got to constantly rely on the Holy Spirit, listen to what your family is telling you, verbally and nonverbally, and listen to what your body is telling you.”