Yesterday’s blog – Information or Transformation? – was a challenge from Pete Wilson to recognize hurry as a serious enemy of spiritual growth. What follows are excerpts from a little article/booklet entitled Tyranny of the Urgent.
Have you ever wished for a thirty-hour day? Our lives leave a trail of unfinished tasks. But would a thirty-hour day really solve the problem? When we stop to evaluate, we realize that our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically the problem of priorities.
We live in constant tension between the urgent and the important. The problem is that the important task rarely must be done today or even this week. The Gospel records show that Jesus worked hard. Yet his life was never feverish; he had time for people.
What was the secret of Jesus’ work? We find a clue following Mark’s account of Jesus’ busy day. Mark observes that…
“…in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.” ~ Mark 1:35
Here is the secret of Jesus’ life and work for God: He prayerfully waited for his Father’s instructions and for the strength to follow them. Jesus had no divinely drawn blueprint; he discerned the Father’s will day by day in a life of prayer.
If you can withstand the urgency of the initial moment, you will be in a better position to weigh the cost and discern whether the task is God’s will for you. Over the years the greatest continuing struggle in the Christian life is the effort to make adequate time for daily waiting on God, weekly inventory, and monthly planning.
He [Jesus] did not finish all the urgent tasks in Palestine or all the things he would have liked to do, but he did finish the work which God gave him to do.
These truths from Tyranny of the Urgent challenge my rhythm of life. And I admit that a lack of prayerfully waiting on God means I take myself too seriously and God not seriously enough!
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