Urgent or Important?
Every day I have to make a conscious choice to live Kaleo. As much as I desire to be wholly available intensely passionate for the Lord, so far in my journey, it hasn’t come naturally nor easily. It takes rigorous self-discipline to choose the Kaleo Life. Which leads me to this question: Urgent or Important. How much of what you are doing today is being done because it is Urgent? Because it is Important?
I know there is a distinction and I realize many performance coaches challenge us to make the distinction and then to live by the important. But I am finding that when my Kaleo begins to really hum is when the important and urgent intersect.
The Bible says in Ephesians 5:15-17:
“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
What’s Important? “Understanding the Lord’s will” and “being careful to live accordingly”.
What’s Urgent? My choosing the right lifestyle every moment of every day – “making the most of every opportunity.”
When these two intersect, I am moving into God’s Kaleo for me.
So my question to you are these:
(1) Do you really believe that God is at work in this world and that He is inviting you to join Him in His work? Do you have a real sense that God is working through you? If so, you are doing God’s work. What can be more important than that? What greater Kaleo (calling) can there be than that?
(2) Do you really believe that the time in which we live is evil? Do you believe that there will be a personal return of Jesus Christ and there will be an accounting for how we lived our life and used the resources God gave to us? God only gives us so many days and years to accomplish his purpose for us. That makes each day and each minute important. What could be more urgent than that?
God asks us to make every moment count.
Re-read the Ephesians 5 passage, this time from the Message translation.
“Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.
Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!
Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants” (Ephesians 5:11-17).
May God’s Important become your Urgent and may we all have the courage and strength of resolve to do what God is asking us to do today.