Narrow the FOCUS!

3409904329_af7d214f7aWhen life becomes too complex you need to narrow the focus. Life and ministry has a way of expanding to the point of complexity. We start to take too many things on and before we know it, we are being pulled in too many conflicting directions. People will always put expectations upon you that don’t necessarily fit your capacity or what God has called you to do. It’s in these moments that you need to reexamine your time, priorities and relationships.

There is only so much of you to go around and there is only so much energy that you have to give away. I believe that we are living in the busiest and most fast paced eras in all of human history. All that has been promised to help us improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our lives has actually contributed to making life more complex.

One of the most important issues that pastors and leaders can help people navigate is how to approach life in the 21st Century. I’ve lost count of the amount of people I have personally counseled that are burnt out, too busy, in debt, continually sick and distant relationally. These are all symptoms of trying to keep up in the ‘rat race’ of life.

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Some of us are carrying yokes that don’t fit us or were never meant for us. We need to take the yoke that has been designed for our wiring, capacity and calling. We need to go deep instead of going wide. We need to do less and discover that less is more. We need to invest quality and minimize quantity. We need to focus on one BIG idea instead of trying to communicate several ideas. We need to give ourselves to one or two things that will add the greatest value to our families, organisations and churches and stop trying to be all things to all people.

Where do you need to narrow the focus? It’s about this time each year that people get fatigued and realize the year has caught up with them. Don’t retire, just refire by narrowing the focus and doing what you do best.

Lead the Change!

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