This past Sunday I had plans to join my oldest daughter for church and lunch. Just the two of us. No sisters included as we so often do. No grandchildren to interrupt our conversation. I chose that day what I found to be most important. Time spent with God on the Sabbath. And time spent investing in relationship. With my family. My daughter. ♡
For those of you that don’t attend Lifechurch, you missed out on a great little four week series entitled I Choose. So just for you I’m going to give you a brief synopsis of Sunday’s sermon, Important Over Urgent.
We all have the same number of minutes in each of our days. How we choose to spend them is entirely up to us. We all have time for what we choose to have time for. Let’s choose the important over the urgent.If Satan can’t make us bad, he can certainly make us busy. Busyness does not necessarily equate to productivity. It can rob you of what’s truly important. If you’ll choose what is important, you’ll have less of what is urgent. But not visa versa.We can all make excuses or we can all make progress.
What important things are you neglecting? Neglecting because the urgent supercedes the important.
For me I have several. Exercise is one of them. I’ve decided to set my alarm 30 minutes earlier to allow for time to exercise.
Here are a few of our pastor’s tips to help keep the important over the urgent. Create artificial deadlines for yourself. For example I’m going to clean the house for one hour each day to free up some extra time on weekends. I’m going to be prepared for my upcoming tests the weekend before I take them so I’m confident going in not frazzled. We need to be ruthlessly selective in our yes. Say no to good and yes to best. I’m no longer committing to social clubs or social outings. I have a house to work on a an education. The long term prize is worth the short term loss.
We need to realize most of our issues are not because we are not committed, but rather because we are over committed. Instead of a To Do list we’d all be far better off with a Not To Do list.We can learn to delegate to others to help as well.
The best leaders do not do more, they do what matters most. Time spent with Jesus should be first and foremost on our To Do list. It’s what matters most. That’s why I like to start my week each Sunday with church. And my day each morning reading a YouVerizon daily devotional to get into God’s word. And last but not least writing this daily blog. It’s my journaling. It’s where God leads me each day. I never know where it’s going. All I know is for now it’s going. 🙂
Let’s all be Marys not Marthas. Let’s choose the important over the urgent. Let’s fill our days with quality not quantity. And let’s all remember to always choose God first. The choice is yours.
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary,who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered,“you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10
Love and laughter,