The Shepherd’s Staff is written by Pastor Bob Middleton and is a weekly feature in the Sunday Bulletin.
February 1, 2015
Have you ever felt overrun by your schedule or overwhelmed by all the different things that you need to keep track of in our modern culture? From work schedules that often fluctuate, to activities that we or our kids are involved with, to the time of our favorite TV show, to the expiration date on the gift card we received for Christmas, there is so much information that we need to know about. According to Time Magazine researchers are now saying that all the devices that we have to help us keep on track (Cell phones, email, PDA’s, and other “time-saving devices”) are actually hindering our effectiveness rather than enhancing it if we use too many at one time. The idea of multi-tasking (performing more than one task at a time) has for years seemed to be the answer to a better lifestyle, with it’s promise of doing more with less. But in fact experts are now saying that trying to do too much actually leads to less production, not more.
So is the answer to get rid of them all? Well, maybe, but perhaps most of the problem is that we often can’t say no to things in a culture that is saturated with options and opportunities. This isn’t just a problem with gadgets that we hope will smooth our day. It also is true with the kinds of things we fill our time with and the priorities that help us make decisions. No matter what we use to keep track of our time the simple fact of the matter is that we only have so much of it. What we choose to spend our time on is the real key. That is what defines our priorities and how much time we devote to those things instructs us and others what it is that we REALLY value. How have you spent your available time this week? Why did you spend your time on it? The first commandment says that we shall have no other gods before the Lord, that the first fruit of my life must be dedicated to Him. Does that mean that I need to get rid of everything else? No, but it does mean that other things must take a lower priority. Take some time this morning to evaluate where the Lord fits into your life and the amount of time that you have available. If you can’t honestly say that He has been the highest priority in your life, then perhaps it’s time to make some changes. Being a Christian means actively seeking the Lord, and that includes every area of my life.
19 “The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God.
“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. (ESV)