All posts tagged: prioritize

That will shoot a good dose of Spiritual Adrenalin into your soul


Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 12:1-3 (The Message) Let’s go over the story again – item by item 1. He never lost sight of where he was headed… Too many times we let distractions and attractions woo us away from a single-minded devotion to Christ and away from our goals and dreams. …

When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.


I am starting a five-part new teaching series this Sunday at church. And just for curiosity sake,  well, I should say, just to find some fun way to introduce the series, I decided to find out what people are saying about priorities on twitter using the #priorities. I don’t know if I will use these, but reading them just re-enforces the fact that many of us have misplaced priorities.  I am reminded of a powerful C. S. Lewis quote – When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased. Defining what the most important things are in life – through God’s word, is the single most important thing we can ever do. One, it helps us not only to focus on those things, but also pursue them as if our lives depended on them. Moses’ prayer is a great example of that kind of life – Psalm 90:12 – Lord teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Pray for me. That I will be able to communicate …

Practical Suggestions for Ministry


Thirty-seven practical suggestions for easing life in ministry. To prevent clergy burnout, try the following: Breakfast out with your spouse once each week. Put it on the family calendar and make it a permanent, needed getaway (And don’t carry a cell phone with you; the whole point is to get away!). Exchange house keys with another couple. When you and your spouse need a breather, skip town. Stay overnight at your friend’s house. They can have the same privilege as your home. A phone call to the friend prior to landing on the front porch would be helpful. This kind of reciprocity works wonders for all concerned. Organize your weekly responsibilities. Often burnout results simply from haphazard work plans. Start next week’s sermon early enough to prevent a stressful pileup the night before it’s supposed to be delivered. Schedule each day efficiently, so as not to overlap duties. Prioritize your responsibilities; differentiate between majors and minors. Fellowship with clergy of other denominations. These persons cannot harm you ecclesiastically, because they are not of your official …