Monday, May 2, 2011

Simplicity in Three Circles

There are so many possible things you can do each day.  It's not truly infinite, but practically speaking for a single human being, the options available to you are limitless.  How do you decide what to do with your day?  How do you decide what to do with your life?

You can narrow it down slightly by choosing to glorify God and make disciples of Jesus.  (1 Corinthians 10:31 and Matthew 28:18-20) But even then there are probably still thousands of options available to you.  How do you decide what to do with your day?  How do you decide what to do with your life?

I ask these questions because recently my wife and I had a great conversation about where we should spend our time and invest our energy and resources.  We asked ourselves this question: Who are the three groups of people God has called us to strategically  invest in?

What about you?  Could you narrow it down to three?  This doesn't mean you ignore everyone else.  It means that you put the majority of your efforts and resources towards these three groups.

This wasn't some ground-breaking idea.  Nor did it cause us to completely re-arrange our schedule.  What it did do was give us focus and clarity, as well as permission to breathe.

Who were those groups?  I pictured three circles, and my wife saw them as three trunks of the same tree, but regardless our groups were the same:  We believe God has called us to strategically invest in the people of 1) our family, 2) Camp of Champions USA and 3) Pekin Bible Church.

What about you?

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