Feb 20

Learning to say No to the Important Things

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Someone once said that if everything is urgent then nothing is important. As Christians, there are many duties jockeying for our time; while pulling us in every direction. Everyone has an urgent matter that has to be addressed, many of which are legitimate concerns.

Acts6 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists[] arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty

The Apostles did not want to neglect one matter, to take care of another priority. It’s not that they thought the widows were unimportant; furthermore it is the job of every Christian to take care of those in need (James 1:27).  

 However, the Apostles chose to be “a master of one” rather than a “jack of all trades and master of none”. They realized the limitations of their abilities and their time constraints, and prioritized accordingly. As Christians we can become consumed by the many important task that require our attention, however whether we want to realize it or not something is going to be neglected, or we will become burned out. We cannot devote the same amount of time and energy to everything.

Instead we should learn to say no to some things, learn to delegate task, and ask for help from others.

-God’s Mind on the Matter at Hand-

Dewayne Clardy


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