Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tyranny of the urgent

A few weeks ago, these little books were passed out in church, one per household. I read ours and then my husband took it with him on his trip. Now I have the book back to look over again. It's a good read. Here's a passage:

We live in a constant tension between the urgent and the important. The problem is that many important tasks need not be done today, or even this week. Extra hours of prayer and Bible study, a visit to an elderly friend, reading an important book; these activities can usually wait a while longer. But often urgent, though less important, tasks call for an immediate response--endless demands pressure every waking hour.

So what do you think I got out of that paragraph? Not what you think. It was the "reading an important book" phrase that stood out to me. You mean, I'm not wasting time reading all evening? I feel very lazy when I'm doing that.

The book reminded me of Today Matters a little.

By the way, I went here and downloaded Pilgrim's Progress for free on my off-brand I-pod. I mentioned it to my husband, and he said they were supposed to read it in the school. In public school? He said he was supposed to read it when he was in the gifted program...very interesting to me. Anyways, it's a pretty long book and reminds me of Hind's Feet in High Places. Think I'm halfway through.

1 comment:

GoteeMan said...

Kim - very timely post. It's so easy to lose the important in the busy-ness. My wife (also named Kim) and I have been through so much that has taught us this. Basically she has been completely undable to do anything for several years - fully disabled, and I have had so many of the important things to have to do, I don't have time for any of the old busy-ness.

In a way, it has been a wonderful thing, if that's possible, in that it has quickly sorted out relationships, tasks and pretty much everything, by necessity. I believe, though, that it will carry beyond these circumstances into our remaining lives once this set of circumstances have passed.

I find that living in the "right now" is the only place at all that I can really be who I am and really walk in the fullness of the identity God has given to me. It's in the being and not in the doing, and the only time and place to be is right now, right here.