Choices —  August 28, 2012

Devotional for today: Choices
Luke 10:38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
As a leader everyday you have choices to make. Here are three.
1. Choose the important over the urgent. Mary chose the important, while Marta gave in to the urgent. Be careful of “the tyranny of the urgent” that tries to distract you so you don’t concentrate on that which is really important in life, such as God, the family, and your personal growth. What are one or two urgent things that do constantly, and which compete with what is really important?
2. Choose the best over the good. The most difficult decision for a leader is not electing between the good and the bad, but between the good and the best. In what area of your life are you giving in to the “good,” rather than seeking the “best.”
3. Select the permanent over the temporary. The latest fashion, movies, telephones, and clothing are all designed to call attention. They also have something in common. They’re all temporary. Don’t concentrate your efforts in persons, pastimes, and problems that won’t be around in 10 years. What current problem is bothering you, though you know it will soon pass away?
Conclusion- This week memorize these three words: important, better, permanent. Every time you need to make a decision, ask yourself if your election is in line with these three words.
Prayer- what can I pray for today?

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