A man seeks employment on a farm. He hands his letter of recommendation to his new employer. It reads simply, ‘He sleeps in a storm.’ The owner is desperate for help, so he hires the man. Several weeks pass, and suddenly, in the middle of the night, a powerful storm rips through the valley.
Awakened by the swirling rain and howling wind, the owner leaps out of bed. He calls for his new hired hand, but the man is sleeping soundly.
So he dashes off to the barn. He sees, to his amazement, that the animals are secure with plenty of feed. He runs out to the field. He sees the bales of wheat have been bound and are wrapped in tarpaulins. He races to the silo. The doors are latched, and the grain is dry. And then he understands. ‘He sleeps in a storm.’
My friends, if we tend to the things that are important in life, if we are right with those we love and behave in line with our faith, our lives will not be cursed with the aching throb of unfulfilled business. Our words will always be sincere, our embraces will be tight Continue reading You Too Can Sleep in a Storm!
– Time is our most precious commodity and yet most of us live our lives as if we have all the time in the world. You cannot manage time. No one can scoop up time and save it for another day. We all work on a 24 hour clock, and nobody gets any more. We all have seven days a week, one hundred and sixty-eight hours a week, and eight thousand, seven hundred and sixty-six hours a year. Everybody has the same clock. All we can do is prioritize the things we do within the clock that just keeps ticking. Time goes by whether you are just sitting down and watching television or you are taking time to develop yourself by reading this blog post. All that can change is how you use your time, what did you prioritize?
Some of us are so busy in life, but you just can’t find the results of this busyness. Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance is NOT laziness. This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.
Some of us have possessed what Ed Foreman calls the “someday syndrome”: someday we will go on vacation, someday we will spend time together, someday we will visit our old friends, and someday we will do this or do that. For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job, and start that dream business? Waiting for the perfect time to get married? To call that friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in years? “The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never are green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up all the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. ”
Money too isn’t the solution. There is much to be said in praise about the power of money, but adding more of it just isn’t the answer to having more time for a better life, even though many of us will not think that way. Some of us have possessed the “If only I had more money” syndrome. This is the easiest way to postpone the decision making necessary to create a life of enjoyment- now and not later. By using money as the excuse, and work as our all consuming routine, we are able to consistently disallow ourselves the time to do otherwise. “Busy yourself with the routine of the money wheel, pretend it’s the fix-all, and you artfully create a constant distraction that prevents you from seeing just how pointless it is. Deep down, you know it’s all an illusion, but with everyone participating in the same game of make-believe, it’s easy to forget.”
The real secret of getting things done is knowing what things need to be left undone. Once you start spending the hours of your days only on those high-leverage activities and priorities that will advance your life’s mission and legacy, everything will change. Remember “the person who chases two rabbits catches none”.
In the Gospel of Matthew 25:14-30, we find a story called “the parable of the talents”, where a man who was travelling called out his servants and handed each of them some certain amounts of money according to their capabilities. Now two were able to trade and increase what was given them, one didn’t do anything about his. And when the master returned he called them to render account of their time while he was away. The two who busied themselves in increasing the money they were given were hugely rewarded by their master, while the other who did nothing with his was punished.
The lesson I want us to draw from this story is that we may not have the same abilities, some of us may seem to have been born with some special gifts,while some others are born without any special qualities. We may not all be in the same environments; some of us are born into environments of abundance and wealth, while some of us into scarcity and poverty, but we have the same amount of time. We have the same 24 hour clock.The ability to prioritize the use of time is what separates the rich from the poor. The highly successful individuals have mastered the use of time; they don’t waste time, the leverage and prioritize. And like those servants in the story, each of us would render an account of what we did with that time someday.
“You are in the middle of a moment. What you have done to this moment cannot be undone. What you do next is still unwritten”- Mitch Albom (The Time Keeper).
Do not let this moment pass “there is a reason God limits our days…to make each one precious”.