I taught my favorite class to teach, this past Monday night. Time Management… mission management. It is an important reminder –
The greatest thing that sets us apart as humans from our animal counterparts, is our ability to consider legacy. To work for a future beyond our future. Granted, many people will still care more about their now, and their here, over the future after their now. But for the majority of us, we will move through life considering the impact of what we do on the future. Whether through the upbringing and teaching of our children, or in the legacy of our work. We care about the future.
So with that, I am going to take an excerpt from my workshop… an excerpt that belongs to Andy Stanley from a sermon about twelve years ago I believe, one that has since been reused in other sermons, and I have replayed it in small group from that original sermon. I began using it to teach the same month that I first heard it… check it out. Huge stuff here:
- There is a CUMULATIVE value in investing small amounts of time in certain activities over a long period. Exercise, relationships, sports, etc.
- There is little value in any one investment of time into those activities.
- Neglect has a CUMULATIVE effect as well.
- There are rarely any immediate consequences for neglecting single installments of time.
- There is no cumulative value to the URGENT things that we allow to interfere with what is most important. What have you done with all the days you missed your workouts?
- In the CRITICAL arenas of life, you cannot make up for lost time. You cannot cram for these.
This is it people!! This is it! Everything you needed to know about everything… ever!!
OK, not that. But it is this… it is the answer to getting you to see the value of your time. Your time, the most valuable thing you have. Your time spent wisely, the most valuable thing you could do, because it is from this place that you get to stage your battle, or your attack so to speak, on the pull of the world into complacency and uselessness. Living a life of boredom, in that it is the same thing, in and out, no attempt at being a “disrupter”, changing the world view of others in a positive light.
Do you see where I am going?
So look back at the excerpt. Stop and think each on through… of course there is value in spending time with somebody to develop a relationship, or on your fitness through commitment. It makes sense that each of those investments of time is pretty worthless. The biggie, the whopper in this one… is the neglect. Neglect is horrible, it kills us, and it makes us weak, and it isolates us from important relationships. Neglect is everything we don’t want in one.
You can get it from there, just be an active and intentional individual! My commitments are greater than my feelings in this moment.
Be well and be blessed!! - Dr. E