This or That: Choosing the Important over the Urgent (7/22/18)

Introduction:  Have you ever wished for a 30-hour day?

 (Charles E. Hummel, The Tyranny of the Urgent)

  • It is not a matter of time, but of priority.
  • We all have time for what we choose to have time for.
“If you choose what is important you won't deal with as many things that are urgent.” Seth Godin
  • Problem: We can get addicted to the urgent.

Has the feeling of urgency become a tyrant in your life?

A Case Study:  Mary and Martha  (Luke 10:38-42)

  • Martha is so overwhelmed by the urgent, that she misses the important.
  • Why? But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.  (Luke 10:40)

Have you ever been so consumed by the urgent that you miss the important?

Choosing the Important over the Urgent

1. Name the Important.  (Luke 10:41)

  • The most important thing in my life right now is  [area]
  • What is most important thing I've been distracted from doing?
  • Schedule the important. Create an artificial calendar.

2. Be selective with saying "yes"

  • For most people, the barrier to a fruitful life is not a lack of commitment but over commitment. 
  • Learn when to say “no”  (Mark 1:35-38)

3. Do first what matters most

  • Time with Jesus matters most.  (Matthew 6:33)
  • Before you get involving in serving others — you must allow Jesus Christ to serve you.    

Sitting at his feet:  What does God want me to do?  [area]


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  1. Laura Latoraco : August 30, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    I found a timely reminder for life in these words of truth. Seasoned with levity brought out the realities of just how easily we’re distracted by the urgent. Truly, taking care of the important is the wise way to be an example of the believer and more quickly walk in the peace of God.

    Now, I have to attend to my “To Don’t” list. It’s very important 😉 God bless you!

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