Just the other day, I was having a conversation with someone about super heroes. During the course of our chat I asked “if you could have any super power, what would it be?” Without hesitation, they replied “the power of duplication”.
I guess at some point, most of us have thought, “if only there were a few more hours in the day.” So this person’s logic made sense, if I can’t have more hours in the day, to get my jobs and tasks done, why not duplicate myself, for many hands make light work.
As somebody juggling a busy ministry and young family, I often wonder how I’m going to manage to get everything done! When Moses father-in-law, observed Moses taking everything upon himself, he challenged him and suggested that he shared the work load. As a result of Jethro’s advice Moses appointed 72 elders to help him!
Certainly learning the art of delegation and sharing can lessen the burden, but so too, can learning the art of prioritising!
I was talking with a member of staff recently in the school and the challenge about work load came up. I casually remarked, ‘the role of saviour has already been taken’.
I think we can all too easily fall into the trap of trying to be the saviour. We take on responsibilities and roles, to save the day, or because we think that no one else can do it!
The true saviour, Jesus had a different approach.
He said, “I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5 v19)
Jesus’ approach was simple, “what is our heavenly father asking of me?”
If will follow Jesus’ example, we need to learn to take a step back from the busyness in our lives, and ask ‘what is it God wants me to do?” Often our lives can be filled with things, that in many ways are good, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are the right things!
When we learn to let God set the agenda, to direct us and equip us, we become more fruitful.
Of course if we are going to let God set the agenda, we must make spending time with Him a daily priority!
To help create that space for God, at St Margaret’s we now have two slots which we call ‘Early Bird Prayer’. From 7am to 8am on Tuesday and Friday mornings the church is open for a time of silent prayer and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 7.30pm. For those that attend, they’ve noted that setting aside this time at the beginning of the day to be in God’s presence, has had a positive influence on them that carries on throughout the day and week.
Why not, try setting time aside for God each day, and see what difference it makes in your life?
Wil (Rector – St Margaret’s Barming)