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]