Opportunities are good. Leadership tasks are challenging, but still good. Ministry could be a heavy term for the majority, but I tell you, it is good. Work is good. Spending time with people you love is good. There are so many good things in life, to be honest. They are so good to the point you’d wish you could do all of them at the same time!
Admittedly however, man is bound by time and our capacities have thresholds. We live within what we call “limits”.
But there will always be people who would dare surpass their limits. In fact, most of them would say “yes” to every opportunity that comes their way. And say “yes” to any good offer. Inherently, you may deem it as good. But up to what point shall we respond with a “yes”?
This is where we introduce our priorities into the scene.
Breathe deeply, and answer this question: What are your priorities?
Your priorities would reflect your life view, the principles you embrace, your goals, and even your age (believe it or not). Now, why is this important? Well, here’s just my two cents about the matter. I believe we can choose to do anything, but we can never do everything. Therefore, we need to set our priorities right.
It is very important to admit, first and foremost, that we are not super-humans. We cannot spread ourselves too thinly. Next, we have to understand that being busy does not necessarily equate to productivity. At times, doing less could mean doing more, since you focus your energies on what needs to be done first. Lastly, we wisely veer away from the dreaded condition named “burn out”!
In this process, you can choose to re-write your entire schedule, post visual reminders on your workspace, set up a priority list, ask an accountability partner to regularly check on you… whichever works for you!
I want to encourage you to start re-examining your priorities in the coming holidays. And I pray that you would welcome the coming year with fresh eyes and a profound passion to focus on things that really matter.