Refresh Your Time

Refresh; Day 5 of 5

By David Villa on YouVersion

Just as a cold glass of water after finishing summer yard work refreshes and revitalizes us, manna provides us with the strength to keep going.

This provides us with what we often refer to as a fresh wind.

Many people know about the 80/20 principle; 80% of the value of your work comes from 20% of your time and effort. Sometimes it’s 70/30 or 90/10, but the general point is that a majority of your results come from a small minority of your time.

Fewer people understand that 80/20 is iterative. The 20% breaks down into its own 80/20, and so on. The first iteration would predict that 4% of your time yields 64% of the results.

The challenge is to figure out where to use your time!

What is that 4%? Much leadership work is with people. Which people should you spend time with and why? How much energy should you allocate for strategic study and preparation?

You could go to 50 respected leaders and get 20 different answers. There’s no clear formula.

Christian leaders, however, are fortunate enough to have direction from the Holy Spirit. In this age of expanding choices and amplified noise, we need direction to make the highest value choices for our time, attention, and energy.

Make time today to listen for divine direction.

  1. Get the big picture. You might find it helpful to step back and see how your role and current journey fits into the bigger picture of God’s plan.
  2. Reset your expectations.
  3. Set realistic timelines, and let God do what only He can do.

Don’t let the fresh wind escape your sails. Instead, utilize it to guide you, the vessel, towards a brighter future.

Remember, when God is on your side, who or what could possibly form against you?

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

James 3:4

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

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