It's Not About Getting More Done
We can't do everything. That ought to be obvious, but it's not. Most of us are generally overly ambitious about what we can accomplish in a given day. It seems that proof of this statement is found in the fact that though we have been given every increasingly convenient tools and gadgets for all of life's tasks--like microwaves, telephones, cars, electric washers, dryers, dishwashers, freezers, computers, airplanes, lawnmowers, cell-phones, printers, copiers, and the Internet--we actually feel that we have less and less time! We have certainly taken advantage of the convenient and efficient machinery of our times but only to do more. In spite of all our breakthroughs, we will never be able to accomplish all that could be done or all that we would wish, want, desire, or like to do, or even at times all that must be done.
Thus, there are two admissions we must make.
The first means humbling ourselves. It says, "I am not God, I do not run the world." In fact, God created us to make sure that we know this: He created us with a inbuilt pattern of required sleep every night and He commanded us to take one day for rest out of seven, a Sabbath. Furthermore, we are not in control of most of the variables of our lives or even our day. The unexpected happens. Things take longer than we thought. We don't get done all that we wanted to and we feel defeated. CJ Mahaney wisely states: "Only God gets His to-do list done every day." Amen.
So we humble ourselves. We are bound by time. I think it was Vince Lombardi, the famed Green Bay Packers coach, who said something to the effect: "I never lost a game, I just ran out of time." It happens to all of us. We are not only bound by time, we are also under the sovereign reign of God. Now, this is good new not bad but it does mean we must yield and humble ourselves. We must take what we plan to do before Him, and we must thank Him for what we get done. He's God, we're not.
Secondly, we must make choices. The short limits of time and the long list of tasks demand that decisions must be made. We choose what TO DO and we choose what NOT TO DO. This is called prioritizing. So we must choose what we will do and then do it with all our might till it is done. This means focus and lots of it. Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and other wonderful tales, said, "perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things." Amen.