“Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing”, says business consultant and author Michael LeBoeuf.
Time is the one thing that in today’s world has become extremely valuable. You can make up a lot of stuff like: the few dollars that you may have missed out on, a favorite television show, a meal, but you can never regain the time you have lost. To help me from losing too much time I have been figuring out what big decisions I need to make and I am making them, and I am making sure that I manage them daily. Yes one of my goals is to determine and act on important priorities.
Finally after all these years in full time ministry I am beginning to understand that since I can’t change time, I must change my approach to time. When I was younger in ministry about 17+ years ago or so, I thought I could do everything. Yes I heard from those much wiser than me that this was impossible but I demanded that they were wrong and that I was different. It has been a long hard road at times to finally convince me that there is wisdom in, yes, getting things done but also leaving things undone. True wisdom lies in the elimination of non-essential’s. We can have anything we want, but we can’t have everything we want.
I have read where author Robert J. McKain says, “The reason most goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.” If we were to be honest we would have to admit that there is a ton of stuff that is fighting for our time and energy. I have noticed that people who are able to reach their potential and fulfill their dreams have determined and act on their priorities daily. They do first things first and eliminate their non-essentials.
Will you make a commitment with me to examine your time and priorities and lets get rid of the non-essentials and major on the essentials for ourselves?