One of my all-time favorite country music groups is Alabama! They were real popular in the 80’s and early 90’s. In 1992, they released a song titled, “I’m in A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” Maybe you can relate to the first verse…
I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die,
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.
I speak with people all the time – every day. Here is a fact; nine out of ten times that I ask someone how they are doing, the response is, “I am just so busy.”
In fact, here are some responses from just the past seven days.
“I stay crazy like a maniac.”
“We are just pulled every direction.”
“The kids always have something going.”
“We can’t come to church this week. We have been so busy. We just need family time.”
“I get to where I forget what day it is, and I can’t remember my kids’ names.”
Time – it is a strain on us all, and learning to manage it well can be a daunting challenge. In fact, time management is such a challenge that Amazon has over 48,000 book titles to help you manage your time. Who knows how many thousands of websites and blogs exist on the same topic?
I am a busy guy, myself, and I have done a lot of reading on time management. Different authors have varying views, but there seem to be two common threads to effective time management.
1. Live Focused
2. Know your Priorities.
I couldn’t agree more! However, for Christians, living focused and knowing priorities is not rooted in a business model or a self-help plan. For Christians, living focused and knowing priorities starts with closely examining what the scripture says on these topics. Said differently, what does the Bible, the authoritative word of God, declare the focus and priorities should be?
For the next six weeks at Providence, our teaching series will be, “Living in Focus: Rediscovering Biblical Priorities.” As we desire to be a church that passionately loves, follows, and obeys our Lord, it is critical that we examine our lives and priorities against the scrutiny of the scripture. Is it possible that sometimes we are spending abundant time and resources “hurrying to get things done” that really are not focused, biblical priorities? Is it possible that often we “rush and rush until life’s no fun” because our rush is not in the areas to which God has called us?
If you are “in a hurry and don’t know why,” then I want to encourage you to join us these next six Sundays for this important teaching series.
Here is a sneak peek at our topics:
Living in Focus: Rediscovering Biblical Priorities
#1 – Love, Know, and Worship God Rightly
#2 – Training Children to Walk with God
#3 – Loving Others Sacrificially
#4 – Mastering Contentment: A Right View of Stuff
#5 – The Healthy Practice of Kingdom Generosity
#6 – In the Shadows of the Steeple: A Driving Passion for the Lost
I Hope to see all of you this Sunday. Invite a friend!
-Pastor Greg Gunn