It has been a long time since I last posted, but it has been incredibly busy for me. During this time of busyness and not posting to this site I’ve had my mind just filled with tons of ideas, stories, future blog post, and a ton more. To start posting from this long blogging sabbatical that I’ve been on I want to begin with the topic of focus.
I ran across a quote recently by Charles Dickens which said “I never could have done without the habits of punctuality, order and diligence… the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.” This quotation came at a good time for me to discover.
Here is what I mean, I’m at the beginning of starting a new ministry at a new church in a new state and with tons of ideas running around the top of my head and all of the lessons that I’m trying to learn all at one time and all the new things that were trying to start and revitalize or strengthen, an old lesson of focus has become apparent to me again. Several of you may be able to identify with this either from when you started at a new church, new job, new ministry, and the list can go on, but in situations like these we all tend to wear several hats especially in the first year, and we put in long days and nights, with not much time for relaxing. It’s such an incredible exciting time, meeting new team members and creating and developing new ideas.
Then as the foundation begins to be built, people and systems are put in place to create stability, we tend to move from creating all the new stuff and become more involved in a day to day administrative type of flow. Paper work increases along with e-mail loads about to hit the edge of being out of control and what started out as an exciting new adventure quickly becomes a daily routine, with much more time spent putting out fires, handling people problems, and much more.
Now you may find yourself on the front lines of productivity versus non-productivity. With all of this activity going on or the appearance that often times you are the only one who can solve the situations, or train the people is even more important that you stay focused so that you can keep on the productivity side of what God has entrusted to you. You must invest most of your time every week doing what you do best, and let others do what they do best. This is the lesson of focus.
So today take a step back and look at everything that you have on your plate and ask yourself, what is here that I must truly do? And then after you have asked yourself that, go and ask a couple close friends to help you answer that same question. Because if you are like most who start new ministries or have the entrepreneurial spirit, you may find that you have a tendency to be a controller, or overestimate your importance. You may find it difficult to let go, to allow other people to carry the load. You are emotionally attached to the new ministries, systems, processes, and ideas that you have weaned and nurtured from the start. You can think you’re the only one who can understand every detail and in your mind nobody else can do these important everyday task as well as you can.
So take this lesson on focus and truly focus. There may be bigger deals, new mountains, and more destinations that maybe you need to be taking. But you can not be all or go everywhere God wants you to go for Him if you are not focused and giveaway what others should be doing so that you can do what only you can do.