Urgent or Important
Matt 22:36–40 Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Okay so you get up in the morning, you have breakfast, brush your teeth. Then what. What’s the next thing that you do? How do you make that decision? Do you do what’s urgent, or do you do what’s important? So your answer has an awful lot to do not just with how you spend that day, but how you’re going to spend the rest of your life.
There’s a simple rule. The urgent things are rarely important, and important things are rarely urgent.
I have a choice each morning – answer the hundred or so emails that came in overnight, or have breakfast with my wife. The emails seem to be urgent. Breakfast with Jacqui is important.
Each of us has a destiny – some life we’re meant to be living. I don’t know where your destiny lies. But I know this. You’ll never find it in that myriad of urgent minutia that crowds your day.
Invariably you’ll discover your destiny in the important things, not the urgent ones.