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Make a List!

Time management – how do we get it all done?  THAT is the Question of the Ages!

I remember an old episode of the television series “M*A*S*H” in which Major Charles Emerson Winchester (the THIRD) tells someone “I do one thing at a time, I do it very well, and then I move on.”  That may work if you’re a hermit or if you’re the only one in your world, but for the vast majority of the rest of us, we are like the Egyptian mummy, we’re PRESSED FOR TIME (okay, I’m sorry…I couldn’t resist 🙂

I’ve long been a student of the art of time management…and I still don’t think that I have it figured out.  But I keep trying!  I have purchased (and thoroughly read) several books on the subject.  There is one recurring theme in everything that I’ve read: MAKE A LIST. Put everything (big project, little project, single task, multiple tasks that all relate to a theme, etc) and that means EVERY thing on that list.  Yes, priority and urgency are issues, but don’t waste time trying to organize everything in order of importance.  Write EVERYTHING down, as you think of it, and as you complete each task on your list, cross it off.

Each time you complete a task or project, cross it off your list and give yourself a little pat on the back.  You did it – you planned and accomplished that task.  Enjoy your moment of success.  When your list gets to the bottom of a page and you need to add one more item, start a new page.  Put that item first on your next page, then carry over everything on the previous page that you haven’t yet crossed off.

Use a dry-erase board (or a chalkboard if you’re still old-school 🙂 for your office wall, at work or at home.  Writing down a task or a goal forces you to see it each time you look at your list.  Seeing it constantly reinforces the need for you to get it done.  THEN there is the satisfaction of knowing that you have reached a goal and accomplished it.  That’s a huge boost to your self-confidence and your sense of self-achievement.

In our work, most of us are continually faced with multiple responsibilities with multiple deadlines. When you go into any meeting, knowing your own progress in your pursuit of your goals (and being able to report your progress if asked pays HUGE benefits in terms of your self-confidence and the appearance that you give to your superiors and co-workers.

Distraction is one of Satan’s most effective tools to distract us in our pursuit of God’s purpose for our life. He (Satan) uses defeatist thoughts (“I can’t do that,” or “It’s no use,” or “there’s just not enough time to do that”) to keep us from living in the victory of accomplishment…even of the very littlest things in life.

Remember:  We are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Rom. 8:37).  Ask God to help you order your life today.  Make a list and get started crossing things off!  Then you can tell Satan to go sit on a tack!  Have a blessed day today in Christ!


keep you eyes right here.

I am so excited about 2011. I have no doubt God is going to move with great force and momentum and I can feel it around the office as we talk about our vision and dreams for this year. As eager as I am to get going with things, I am already finding myself tempted to fall into a trap.

I have found myself thinking about the things on my desk that I have no solutions for yet. Programs I’d like to improve, teams I’d like to take to the next level, lines of communication I need to work on. I was making dinner Monday night after the first day back at work and all I could do was obsess about what “needed to change” that I had immediate influence over.

You know that hand sign people make when they make a “V” with their fingers and point towards their eyes, and then they point it towards yours, most likely at a moment when you are freaking out or losing focus? And then they say something to the effect of, “I need you to keep your eyes right here.” Well God interrupted my obsessing by pulling that one on me. He thought it was funny, and I did too. But then He got serious.

He reminded me to keep my focus on Him and where He’s going instead of focusing on the things where I think I need Him the most. I love the picture of having my eyes locked on Jesus, but I had to think about what that “looked” like in a practical sense on a day to day basis. The answer seemed simple – make a conscious effort to stay in His presence, and stay connected to Him through His Word, prayer, and worship.

Being the cynic realist that I am, I wondered how staying in the presence of God was going to crank out the 5 set lists that I had to get done in the next few days. To which God humorously interrupted again and said, “you don’t get it. I need you to keep your eyes right here.” And that’s all He had to say. It finally clicked.

If I don’t seek Him first, everything is backwards. I work too hard and get myself into trouble where I end up asking for His help to sort things out. If I would start with running after Him in everything that I do, the rest seems to fall in line with His will, His way, and His timing. I don’t understand it either, but that’s the way it seems to work in the Kingdom of God. Grace always shows up when it comes to the little things. The more I can rest in that the more I can enjoy my grilled chicken with vegetables on Monday nights.


BROKEN RESTORED LOVED – What will be your greatest thing in 2011?

It’s the start of a new year and resolutions are underway. The gym is full, no more tamales, and people are making mental notes of what they want to see happen in 2011.
I was thinking of all the great things that happened in 2010. We found out we were having a baby, one of the highlights for sure. I experienced great things in my career and ministry – like finishing a live worship CD that had been a dream for years, and the list goes on and on. Sure, I had challenges. But looking back, if it wasn’t for those challenges, I would not appreciate the victories. In going into this year I had a thought….”keep it simple and focus on the greatest thing.” What is your greatest thing this year? What is that thing that is consuming your mind and time? We all have things in our lives that represent “the greatest thing,” but what is truly the thing that if we had, we could take on any challenge, accomplish any dream, live a victorious life?


Let me share a few passages with you that talks about the greatest thing – Matthew 22:37 reads, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The truth is when we do this, we love people and experience life the way it should be. Life is full of faith and hope when we are truly loving those around us. 1 Corinthians 13:13 reads, “Three things will last forever-faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
So even though fitness is important, successful businesses are needed, personal dreams lived out are great…the greatest accomplishment, the greatest success, the greatest thing we can do this year is to Love God and Love people more. If we do that, we can enjoy all the accomplishments to the fullest and take on any challenges. I hope this year is the greatest year for you! YOU ARE LOVED.

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