Each year, God burns a certain theme in my heart. Several years ago, the theme was “processes.” We were at a point in the development of the church where we needed processes to keep important things from falling through the cracks. Last year, the theme was “leadership.” Everywhere I turned, God pointed out the need for leadership, the importance of growing as leaders, and problems that come when leaders fail. This year, the theme is “simplify and focus.”
I’m pretty sure I have a problem in this area. For those who know me well, you can testify that the words, “I don’t have anything to do” have never come from my lips. Boredom is not my problem. I have the opposite problem. I’m convinced that there are entirely too many exciting, fun, inspiring, worthwhile, helpful, and strategic opportunities in life.
There are books that need to be written, leaders that need to be trained, ministries that can be started, subjects to be studied, sermons to prepare, moments to capture with my family, goals to achieve, video projects to complete, trails begging to be hiked, vacations to take, people to meet…and miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep (or something poetic like that).
How do you get it all in? What do you leave out? How do you determine what is important enough to do today what can strategically wait until tomorrow? I’m not real sure.
Here’s what I do know. Clouded minds make poor decisions. If we fail to come apart and rest we will eventually come apart. Accomplishments that matter are those that you didn’t have to pay too high a cost to achieve.
Life is not slowing down. Technology that brings limitless information to our fingertips is also technology that offers endless distractions to our day. The devices that promise to save time are the same devices that have robbed us of margin and silence.
I’m not advocating that we throw away all technology and live in a cave. I’m asking how can we simplify and focus our lives for maximum joy and effectiveness?
Do you battle with too many opportunities and not enough time? If so, what resources have you discovered that can help people simplify and focus? Write your responses below and hopefully we can all benefit from the exchange.