Home > a new spirituality > Tyranny of the urgent…

Tyranny of the urgent…

I’ve heard people mention they stop in the morning and ask God to guide their day – what a great idea! I’ve never thought of that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s my heart’s cry but I don’t think of pausing each day to do it. I’ve wondered, “Is that bad?” The only reason I haven’t is because I live and think in fast forward….


You don’t have to tell me to get things done. In my mind it should have been done 3 minutes ago! I’m always moving forward, and if I’m not moving physically, I sure am in my mind! Reuben’s the exact opposite; he needs a peace in his heart to move forward. There I am screaming at God (very UN-peacefully I might add): Can you just give the man some peace already?! haha.


But whether you’re like me or more like Reuben, I can’t help but notice that life is about the urgent. Do you ever find yourself running here and there, always busy with what’s next on the schedule? I find especially with kids! Soccer on Mondays, preschool on Tuesdays, swimming on Wednesdays….. and then there’s MY crazy schedule.


We really can live day to day just dealing with the scurried-ness of life! Things come up fast, don’t they? Garage doors break, need to fix the heater, the toilet gets plugged… (now THERE’S an urgent item) Little do we notice, but years can go by with just dealing with the moments of urgency that we missed the “urgent”.


What’s the difference?


It’s a big difference. Urgency is everything that flies at us in the moment. It’s a game of constant defense. The urgent is an overarching importance that encompasses an entire lifetime. It’s a mindset. It’s offensive, for a greater purpose. It’s remembering that this life only ends for a moment to go to the next – one that lasts for eternity.


What we do here in this life counts forever. I’ve heard this question asked before: “If you knew that how you lived the next 24 hours would determine how the rest of your life would be, how would you live? Would it change the way you live? Your priorities?”


“If people can’t see what God is doing they stumble all over themselves. But when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed (Proverbs 28:19 The Message)


Or as most are more familiar with: “Without a vision, people perish” (Proverbs 28:19)


What God is doing is the urgent. Where He is focusing is where the priority lies. What He cares about is of utmost importance. Those who take the time to discover these things are blessed, as it said. But what happens when God’s urgent matters aren’t ours? We stumble all over ourselves. We “perish”. We live day to day trying to fill our time up with what we feel is important. How unfortunate to find only after all that time, we may have completely missed it….


Not too long ago it would stress me to the max when I would hear people speak of getting God’s heart for the urgent. You don’t talk about urgent matters to a visionary with a bridle on. However, I’ve been learning that even when God hasn’t given the “GO!”, it doesn’t mean we can’t live each day “on purpose”. Just because I have a 4 month old baby doesn’t mean I can’t discover what’s urgent on God’s heart. I may not be able to conquer the world (yet), but I CAN do something small – even if it just means showing my kids how to live a life responding to God’s heart and living to build His kingdom.


Bring them along for the ride, I say!! Maybe that’s more important than soccer?….. just sayin’….


We may not be in a place to act completely on the urgent, but we can move towards it. We do this by being intentional in all that we do. Realizing that waiting is still active. I still sharpen my faith and my skills so when God says, “Ok now GO!”, I’m not looking at Him wondering what on earth I’m supposed to do??”


Procrastination is the opposite of urgency.


We need to live our lives knowing that each day counts. Am I going to live each day at the mall looking for treasures for myself or am I LOOKING for ways to build treasure in heaven?


“Lack of urgency is a silent killer to change”.My pastor, Lee, told me that just this week. We had a chat about urgency which inspired me to write this. He wrote a great blog on it this week too. Check it out: http://leeletter.blogspot.com/2011/02/denial-desperation-or-determination.html


So friends, are we seeking what’s urgent on God’s heart? Do our lives reflect a focus on the temporal or the eternal?


Scrap urgency and go for the urgent….

Categories: a new spirituality
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: