Fresh Hope – Day 40

Without focus, we can live very ineffective lives.

 

Ask yourself a simple question today; having lived through another full year of 2014… what did you accomplish?

 

Listen to the wise words of Solomon when he writes in Proverbs 6:6-11 (The Message Bible)

 

…You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest!

 

Several years ago, a well-respected leader gave me 3 challenges to live by. If I’m honest, I wasn’t sure that I fully agreed with them at the time, but nevertheless I looked at them until I could appreciate what each of them meant.

 

All these years later, I can now look back having made them a daily goal and report that they really help the mind to focus on what’s important.

 

I would like to share them with you today…

 

1) Don’t live for what’s urgent, live for what’s important.

 

If you don’t plan out your day and maximize your time, then guess what… lots of ‘urgent’ things will plan your day for you and the day will be lost.

 

I’ve found that very few urgent things are actually urgent. They usually can wait. Prioritize your time. Work, rest and play.

 

2) Don’t live for success, live for significance.

 

Success is all about you looking good.

 

Significance is all about living your life to the full so that you will be in a position to make a difference for others.

 

3) Don’t live to bless, live to build.

 

When I first read this I was frantically spending my life racing around blessing as many people as I could. I was speaking in as many Churches that invited me and I was burning out fast.

My children took the brunt of a Dad who was often too busy to be relaxed, and I was often angry because I was running on empty and unable to be at peace with myself.

 

All of that was as a result of me taking my sense of worth from blessing as many people, and things, as I could pack into any given day.

 

The wake up call came when a very dear friend of mine who had modeled the exact same kind of lifestyle died prematurely.

 

When I looked at the life he had left behind, I saw that he seemingly had very little to show for his life of racing around blessing everyone that asked. The sad thing was that his wife had left him, his kids were nowhere to be seen and there was nothing built that had lasted.

 

I made up my mind that the greatest thing I could do with my life was to build. To build a strong marriage… A strong family… A strong and happy home… To be a strong lover and leader of people, and to build a strong Church that would impact future generations.

 

When you live to build, you have in mind not just the ones and twos that you could bless, but the thousands that you could impact after your life has gone.

 

1 Corinthians 15:58 ‘Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.’

 

Pastor Mark

 

A daily devotion for a better way of living.