Slaves to the Urgent

Rush, rush, rush – that was my morning.  First I got up a little later than I wanted to (maybe because I went to bed later than I usually do).  And so in order to stay on my “normal” schedule I was rushing around.  As empty nesters we should not be rushing around – we do not have little ones to blame.  And yet my lovely wife and I find ourselves rushing around.

One author pointed out (and I am paraphrasing) that we have a tendency to sacrifice vision and goals for the urgent.  And usually the urgent things that consume our time are temporal, of this world and have little to no connection to God’s kingdom work.

What would it take for you and me to be set free from slavery to the unimportant urgent time suckers in our lives? 

I think it has to be a new vision for our lives that comes from God.  If we can see ourselves involved daily in bringing people to the gates of God’s kingdom then we can slip the bonds of the unimportant urgent time suckers that drain us of life.

Here are some suggestions on how to make this transition:

1)  Review your week – list everything you did and how much time it took.

2)  Besides work, what did you accomplish that week?

3)  Did any of the time you used involve scripture reading, prayer, connection with other people of faith and connection with people who are unchurched?

God has a vision – the population of His kingdom with people who praise and glorify Him as creator, sustainer and redeemer.  And God has given us a commission – a charge to go and bring people to the gates of His kingdom, to the throne of His mercy and grace.

What is the urgent in your life that keeps you from this?  Are you willing to make changes in your schedule and habits?  If not, why not?  Remember the person that brought you to God’s mercy-seat – what if they had given in to the urgent in their lives – would you know God’s love and grace today?

I invite someone to share their story of change – how they cast off the tyranny of the urgent in order to participate in God’s kingdom work.  OR if you want to confess that you are bound, please share with us.

God, please free us from slavery to the urgent distractions that fill our  time.  Most of them are unimportant and insignificant.  Give us a vision to do your work and the changed heart and life that will see it fulfilled.  AMEN.

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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One Response to Slaves to the Urgent

  1. Dawn Buckman says:

    This just reminded me I need to dust off the Franklin Covey planner. Maybe old school but useful for listing all the “Big Rocks” you need to accomplish so you don’t lose track of them. I think tech can help those who don’t want to write everything but spending the time to review whats important just can’t be replaced. Just turning off the TV for a few days resulted in a more tidy house and cleaned up garage.

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