Saturday, 15 September 2018 15:20

Taking Care of Business

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Back in the 70s a man named Randy Bachman wrote a song entitled, “Taking Care of Business.” The thought behind this song could be applied to many areas of life: take care of your job, family, health, or other areas needing special attention. As I pondered this idea I applied it to those who serve in ministry.

Here’s an example. A few days ago, I was faced with the task of preparing a sermon for Sunday. I had other things competing for that time slot. The other things were important: work tasks, family, friends, and even a fun activity. However, I took care of the pressing task of preparing the sermon. I must brag on myself (lol), I took care of business.

The other activities that were craving my time were not problems. They were not as pressing as the Sunday sermon. The sermon had a time attached to it. The sermon was a weekly responsibility that must be fulfilled. It was a tool for feeding people.

So what was I thinking about as I took care of business. I was reminded of the necessity of keeping priorities. If we don’t set our priorities something will set them for us. It is important that we assess our responsibilities and prioritize those that roll around on a regular basis. Preparing the Sunday sermon is certainly one of those.

In taking care of business, another important lesson is to get on top of procrastination. It is easy to put off important tasks and procrastinate until tomorrow. When we procrastinate we let other things replace the urgent. Procrastination can be replaced by meaningless things such as watching television.

In taking care of business, I must be a disciplined person. Paul said, “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (I Cor. 9:27) The context of Paul’s statement is somewhat different (disciplining yourself as a witness) than disciplining yourself for work. But, the principle remains the same. We must be disciplined servants of Christ. We must not allow the Lord’s work to be trivialized by the mundane.

Finally, when we take care of business we will reduce our stress load. The worst form of stress is that which comes when you feel pressured to meet a deadline. Deadlines create problems emotionally, spiritually and physically. Creativity is most productive when not haunted by deadlines.

When you take care of business you will reduce the stress load but also find an added bonus. When you take care of business you provide yourself time for other activities. Fun activities are much more enjoyable when you do not feel the demands of preparing a sermon for Sunday.

You and I labor in a field that carries eternal consequences. May we do our best to take care of business.

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