People over tasks

Lee's Summit JournalMarch 21, 2014 

Are you “interruptible” in your life?

A lesson I have learned the hard way over the years is that sometimes interruptions can be tools that get our focus on what is most important, not necessarily the urgent task at hand. Here’s a case in point: one evening many years ago, after getting home from work, I was feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of both the needs of the people around me and the details I needed to accomplish by the end of the week. I’m sure you can relate.

I walked into my house looking like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. I plopped down in my favorite chair, and my wife Wendy did a beautiful thing. She put our baby daughter in my arms. At first I thought to myself, “I’m too tired and overwhelmed for this right now.”

At the time, Mindy was about two weeks old, and as I sat in our recliner with my baby girl in my arms, the Lord spoke, well actually he screamed, to my heart.

This is what I heard: “Mike, look at this beautiful girl. This is what really matters. She’s amazing. I fashioned her in Wendy’s womb to melt your heart and for you to love. And remember, this little one, her mom, and her siblings are your primary ministry, next to loving Me.”

Suddenly, my overwhelmed-ness, my “plan,” my tired body and heart didn’t matter any more. I rocked our little girl, prayed for her, and just sat there being thankful. I went from seeing her as an “Interruption” in my day to a “gift” God had given me to invest in.

So the next time someone “interrupts” whatever important (to you, anyway) task or project your mind is focused on, before you tell that person to stop or you ignore them completely, remember this: people are more important than tasks. And maybe that “interruption” is actually the most important conversation you will have that day.

Maybe, just maybe, that “interruption” will serve as a reminder of what is most important. People over tasks. Make that commitment today.

 

Mike Evans is the pastor at Discover Church, a non-denominational, three-year-old church located in Lee's Summit. Check out www.discoverchurchkc.org for more information.

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