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Building a Life of Effectiveness (3 of 5)
Series: Sand Castles
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• 2 Cor. 6:1 (The Msg)
1. THE EFFECTIVENESS TEST
• Heb. 12:1b (NLT)
• Live from my passion
• Lean into my giftedness
2. THE INFLUENCE TEST
• Matt. 25:14-18 (NIV)
• Phil. 2:10 (NIV)
There are many things I can do,
but only a few things God wants me to do.
It was great to be on the beach. You know when your to-do list is a mile long and your Daytimer is overloaded and it seems like you just don't have enough time to get it all done, do you ever imagine you're on a white sandy beach on an island paradise just watching the waves roll in? No demands on your schedule…. No Daytimer…. No cell phone…. No Palm Pilot…. No watch…. It's almost as if the sands of time stand still. But, wake up, because that's not reality. Most of us are immersed in an ocean of activity as we're trying to ride the wave of success, and it stresses us out.
Have you ever been on a beach vacation and you see that forty or fifty year old guy who's just a beach bum - he's sort of checked out of life and he got off the track completely and he thinks he'll find happiness just hanging around the beach acting like he's eighteen again? You know the guy I'm talking about - no goals, no ambition, no purpose in life, living just barely above the poverty line. Now we look at a guy like that and we say, "He's missed the boat completely." But, before we judge too harshly, most people today are on the fast track. We're trying to ride the wave of success on the fast track of life where work takes precedence over everything else. But, the fast track - trying to ride the wave of success - has hazards of its own. Richard Koch says, "The fast track, too, can end in poverty. It's a poverty of time and love rather than money." You see, neither of these are God's plan. The Bible tells us about a better way.
I want to talk to you today about how you can accomplish more by doing less - about how you can get more done and be much more productive in life by working less and having less stress. Now some of you are looking at me real skeptical, because you're just not sure about that. Well, it really all comes down to how we spend that most precious commodity called time. Time is our most precious commodity. It's more important than anything else; because once time is spent, it can never be gained back again.
When my kids were little, they used to love to watch the Christmas classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It's the one where Santa Claus would go to the Island of Misfit Toys, and there were all these broken toys on the Island of Misfit Toys. Well, most of us are stranded on the Island of misspent time. Most people today spend so much of our time wasting it away.