Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Galatians 1:10
Two Keys for Our Rhythm Within
Rhythm within can happen when we get a better handle on our busyness and our priorities
Busyness is not importance. Being busy does not make you an important person. The opinion of the people you're trying to impress by being so busy pales in comparison to what God thinks of you.
Galatians 1:10 NIV
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Busyness is not inherently wrong. If busyness is always wrong, then Jesus really messed up. Busyness by itself isn't bad, it's what we try to do with our busyness and how it can distract us from God and everything else that matters most.
Busyness is not inevitable. You have a choice. You are not a victim but you may be a hostage to your own expectations and those of others around you.
A sign of our maturity is our ability to recognize our finite nature (that we can’t do it all); our courage to make “yes” and “no” decisions (rather than just letting life happen to us); and then our willingness to accept the consequences of those decisions. Conversely, immaturity shows up in statements like “I couldn’t help it” or ‘I didn’t have a choice.”
Mark 1:32-39 NIV
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
John 6:38 NIV
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
Our Main Priority
Our priorities must ultimately come from knowing and doing the will of God.
Setting Priorities #1
Keep in rhythm with God. "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." (Mark 1:35)
Setting Priorities #2
Prioritize those things that you are uniquely called to do. "Where am I irreplaceable?" Work? No. The home? Yes. So do your job well, but don't give your work or any other secondary pursuit more time and energy than it deserves.
Setting Priorities #3
Value the important over the urgent. Important and urgent are not always the same. Failing to distinguish between the two will lead us to reactive living where we go from crisis to crisis to crisis.
Setting Priorities #4
Distinguish the difference between a season and a trend. Ask "Is this a season of busyness or is this a trend in my life?" Don't freak out if you're in a season of busyness, but pay attention when that season turns into an unending trend. When that happens, make tough choices (like saying "no" and doing less) to reverse the trend.