Overcommitment: How the Early Church Handled Being Way Too Busy – Episode 16

How the Early Church Handled Busyness

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A lot of great and exciting things were happening as the early church was growing.

Yet that growth stretched the apostles to their limits, leading to overcommitment and chronic busyness – which led to further and potentially serious problems.

In this episode, we’ll take a look at how the apostles handled this situation, and we’ll learn some great practical wisdom that we can apply to our own busyness.

Feel free to add to the discussion below the transcript:

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Welcome to the Life of a Steward Christian Time Management Podcast. From Biblical instruction to systems and tips to motivation and inspiration, we look at time management from a Christian perspective. We want to make the most of our time, not to make much of us but to make much of him. Not to earn anything but because he’s already earned it. Join me as we seek together to live the Life of a Steward.

In this episode, we’ll take a look at some great lessons we can learn from the early church in Acts Chapter 6. We’ll see how busyness created a major crisis in the church and how effective evaluation and delegation ended up strengthening the body.

Introduction and My Surgery

Hello again – this is Loren Pinilis from Life of a Steward.com. Welcome to another episode. When this episode is released, I’m recovering from surgery. As I record this, I’m getting ready to head in in a few days for some minor surgery – of course they say that the definition of minor surgery is surgery performed on someone else.

But I’m not too worried. I’m going to spend a few minutes behind a microphone now before I’m all hopped up on pain killers and sitting in a recliner. Let’s go ahead and dive in.

Life Gets More and More Complex

One of the things I have learned about life is that life seems to get busier and busier. I think of how busy I thought I was in college, and that was just a joke a few years later when I’m married and am active in church and in the workforce. And I thought I was busy then – but even that seems funny now that I’ve got kids and have a ton more going on. And I imagine as busy as I think I am now that it’s only getting to get worse as my kids age and then I’ve got preteens and teens.

That’s the way that life tends to work. Things tend to naturally get added to our plate. Our lives just get busier and busier and more weighed down with all of our commitments.

Busyness Leads to Unintended Failure

But when that happens sometimes bad things happen as a result. We get pushed to the edge and things slip between the cracks. We start to fail in certain areas.

We don’t serve our family as we should because there’s just so much going on. Or we’re not working the way that we should because we’re so busy with other areas. Maybe our ministries are suffering. Maybe our physical bodies aren’t getting the rest or the exercise they need. Maybe it’s our spiritual lives that suffer.

The Bible I think has some really great lessons for us in a particular passage that I wanted to talk about today. In Acts chapter 6, we see the early church coming to one of their first crises, which centers around this very subject of busyness that I’ve been talking about.

The Example from Acts 6

Let’s take a look at what they did to rectify the situation – and what we can learn from them.

This is Acts Chapter 6 verses 1-7.

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

This whole situation starts with a good problem to have – the church is growing. A lot of the problems that we have with busyness come about because of good situations like this. There’s growth happening or there are exciting opportunities that open up. Sometimes blessing like that can come with difficult decisions.

1. Recognize the Problem

And in this case, the apostles, the leadership of the church at the time, had a problem. Here’s the key – they recognized the problem. That’s the first lesson we can learn from this passage – they recognized that they had a problem.

The problem was they were so busy attending to all aspects of church life that things were slipping between the cracks.

Some of the widows weren’t getting the food that other widows were getting. Scripture doesn’t really tell us why this happened – but it tells us what people thought.  Some of the Hellenists – the Greeks – thought that there were racial motivations. They thought the apostles, who were all Hebrews, were giving food to the Hebrew widows and taking care of them but ignoring the Greek widows. They were essentially accusing the apostles of racism and favoritism.

It seems to me that the reason why these widows weren’t getting food is basically because the apostles were so busy. That’s kinda what the context says. It wasn’t intentional on their part. Maybe it wasn’t realistic. Maybe they were ignoring the Hebrew widows as much as the Greeks – but that didn’t matter. Their busyness led to things slipping between the cracks which led to greater problems – in this case widows not receiving care and, even worse, the potential for a huge division in the church.

The apostles recognized that they had a problem.

2. Don’t Blame, Take Responsibility

The second lesson we can learn from the apostles is that they took responsibility. They didn’t blame others. They manned up and fixed the problem.

Think for a moment about how you react when someone criticizes your ministry.

I would tend to be like “Who do you think you are? If you want to do it, go ahead, be my guest.” Or maybe the apostles could think, “Look, we are scrambling like chickens with our heads cut off. We are trying so hard. Stuff may be slipping between the cracks but come on – are you seriously going to accuse us of favoritism? Can’t you see what’s going on here?”

The apostles could have said “Woe to you, you unspiritual people. I’m not even sure if you’re saved. How dare you create this division.”

“Here’s this mean-spirited group of complainers who’s stirring up all this trouble – instead of going to the apostles they’re just grumbling around. We should just give them a mouthful.”

But that’s not what the apostles did.

It has to hurt when you are trying your best and things slip between the cracks and someone impugns your motives. That has to sting.

But the apostles were able to get brutally honest with themselves and say “You  know what? We’re letting things slip between the cracks. Let’s do what we can to make it right. Let’s not look for someone to yell at. Let’s look at a way to resolve this.”

I know for me, maybe I’m not spending the time with my wife that I should be or I’m not doing certain errands around the house, it’s easy for me just to blame my family. “Why do they always have to be dragging me down and nagging me?”

We’re tempted to bring down others. They attack us and we attack right back. But that’s not what the apostles did. They understood that buried in this nasty attack was a nugget of truth – a real problem that needed to be addressed.

They answered with grace and humility. The humility to say that, “You know what? We’re dropping the ball. We’re letting this slip between the cracks.”

3. Evaluate, Prioritize, Assess Capabilities

But see – here we get to another potential pitfall. The apostles could have just gone to the opposite extreme. They could’ve said, “ok, ok, ok – these people are complaining. Let’s all get better at caring for the widows. Make that our number one priority – after all, we don’t want division in the church. So let’s make sure we get this right.”

But the problem with that is then something else would slip between the cracks.

The disciples didn’t take a purely reactionary approach. They took a step back and evaluated the situation. They looked at all that they had on their plate. They took a look at their priorities. They took a look at their capabilities.

Here’s the third thing we can learn from them: They soberly evaluated the situation and prioritized properly.

They said, “Look, we want to spend our time praying and preaching and teaching. That’s what we’re gifted to do, called to do – that’s what’s important for us to do in our role in the church.”

Here’s another thing:  They understood their capabilities. Notice they said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.” In other words, they realized they could only do one.

I can tell you what my reaction probably would have been. I would have said “Preaching, praying, those are important. Caring for widows, important. So I’ve just got to step up my game. I’ve got to wake up earlier. I’ve got to stay up later.  I’ve got to be more focused and more efficient.”

My first response would be to have an unrealistic view of my capabilities and to think that I could do it all – which is exactly how the apostles got into this problem in the first place – trying to do everything themselves.

It takes a lot of wisdom to accurately assess our capabilities. Because sometimes we do just need to be more efficient.  Sometimes the answer is that we’re lazy. Sometimes we do need to focus more or be more organized. But the apostles knew here that their capabilities were pretty much tapped out.

Another interesting side note is that they didn’t neglect prayer. I think a lot of us would not intentionally neglect prayer, but we would just push it to the side as we focused on the preaching and the caring for widows – as we focused on the tangible actions where we feel like we’re really doing something. But the apostles understood the importance of prayer.

4. Choose Delegates Well

So the solution that the apostles have is to delegate. They get everyone together and say “Let’s pick seven guys to handle the waiting on the tables.”

Even in the coming up with the solution, the apostles exercised wisdom and did it well. They delegated well. They set the church up for success, not just looked forward to getting something off their plate. That’s another lesson we can learn from them: they delegated well.

First, the seven that they pick are all greeks. You can tell that from their names.

That to me is just amazing wisdom and grace. Here they are accused of racially favoring the Hebrews and ignoring the Greeks – so they gracefully cater to that crowd and pick seven greeks to make sure that everyone gets the food they were supposed to get.

And the apostles set up good requirements for these men. They were to be men of character. They were supposed to be quote “men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom.”

In other words, they were to have a good reputation so people would trust them to hand out the food correctly, they were to be Godly – to be full of the Spirit – and they were to be wise. The word there for wisdom carries with it the sense that they would be skilled in their jobs. They would be able and competent, not just nice people but are able people.

As a side note, there’s one other major place in the Bible which discusses delegation, and that’s Moses and Jethro in Exodus 18. Moses is serving as a judge for the Israelites and he’s just got more than he can handle – so his wise father in law tells him to delegate authority. And to delegate to men who are 1) trustworthy, 2) they fear God and 3) they are able.

So in Exodus 18 and in Acts 6 – we see these important tasks being delegated to men who had a good reputation and good character, were godly men, and would be competent in what they were doing.

5. Give Delegates Proper Authority

And not only do they delegate well, but they give authority and blessing to those to whom they delegate. You see in verse 6 that these men were set before the apostles and the apostles prayed for them and laid hands on them.

They set the church up for success by picking able, godly men of good character. And then they set those men up for success by praying for them and blessing them. And ceremonially – and I believe this was a public ceremony – the apostles by laying hands on them and praying over them were publicly and formally giving them authority.

They didn’t just delegate quickly – just get it done. No, they set everyone up for success.

6. Value All Forms of Service

Another lesson – and this I think this is the one that most excited me when I studied this passage. Another lesson is the importance and the value of the different forms of work that the apostles were performing.

In verse 1, it says that the widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution. The word there for distribution is the greek diakonia. It’s where we get the word deacon from. And many people refer to this Acts 6 passage as instituting the first deacons.

So the daily distribution is diakonia.

In verse 2, waiting tables – the word is diakonia.

The idea of serving widows is diakonia.

But in verse 4 – when the apostles say “we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word” – the word there for ministry is diakonia.

In other words, the apostles are saying we’re not going to diakonia, we’re not going to serve in this way, we’re going to serve – to diakonia – in this other way.

The disciples are saying that waiting on tables is service. Ministering the word is service. It’s the exact same word.

The two activities don’t have different values. They’re different roles. They require different skills. They’re different callings. But both are equally valid forms of service in the eyes of the apostles – and in the eyes of God.

7. Expect Fruit

Finally, we can see the result of this is, not surprisingly, fruit. People are brought to the Lord. It was a nasty situation – this problem they had with handing out food to widows. It could have really brought a bad name on Christ if there was division that early in the church. But by handling this situation well, the apostles were actually presented with an opportunity to further increase unity. The problem ended up bringing people together, and it led to setting up systems and structures where the church was set up for success.

Application

So my question to you is: what stuck out to you in this podcast? What do you think God is showing you in this passage? How can you apply this?

What have you learned about delegation and effectiveness and your giftings and your limited capabilities?

If you have another other thoughts to add, I’d love to hear from you – head over to Lifeofasteward.com and leave a comment.

And again if you have any questions you’d like me to answer on the podcast, just Email me at podcast@lifeofasteward.com.

Until next time, this is Loren Pinilis from Lifeofasteward.com.

Remember: We want to make the most of our time, not to make much of us but to make much of him. Not to earn anything but because he’s already earned it. Join me next time where we’ll look at more time management tips from a Christian perspective as we seek together to live the Life of a Steward.

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  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    Praying you are recovering well.

    I love how the Bible has so many practical applications for our lives. We all get too busy and then scramble for quick answers from time to time.

    I like how you broke this down, step by step. We can’t get in a hurry and skip steps (like prayer). We also must make sure we set people us to succeed. It does no good to set people up for failure, that hurts everyone in the end (which takes away even more precious time and resources to fix).

    This reminds me of the old saying “Measure twice and cut once.”

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      That was one of the take-aways I had as well: the apostles took the time to do things right the first time. They delegated well. I tend to just find a warm body who can take some of the workload off without really thinking through the consequences or implications.

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        I think we’re all guilty of that…or taking too much on at a time and not really being as effective as we could have been had we limited our projects. Seems our families (and relationship with God) are the ones who suffer most from our own poor time management and delegation skills. I’m allowing God to work in me on this area. It’s tough…so much to do and not enough people. Which is what I’m posting about next week!

        • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

          I think a lot of it depends on what you’re doing and why. If your doing is to help other people, then it’s really not about doing vs. people – you know? It’s about people vs. people. And I think that’s the issue. Rarely if ever is it about good vs. bad usages of our time. The tough decisions come when we discuss good vs. better uses of our time. After all, the apostles in Acts 6 would have acknowledged that caring for the widows was a good thing! It just wasn’t the BEST thing for them to do. And that brings up another point – It WAS the best thing for the seven delegates to do. It all has to do with our roles and callings and giftings and abilities. It’s an amazing subject to ponder.

          • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

            Excellent points. It is a complex matter, not one easily narrowed down by a few sentences.

            sometimes “good” things aren’t good for us to do because they aren’t where our attention needs to be- like in Acts 6. The key is to focus on God and seek HIS direction, even if it seems contrary to human logic.

            I’ve seen ministry families suffer because ministers are pulled in so many directions. So many people need them and yet, their families need them too. It’s a tough job. Our leaders and their families need our prayers and dedication to helping them help others.

            these are just things that have been on my heart lately.
            great conversation.

          • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

            It gets especially difficult when you’re doing professional ministry or service to the Lord – because you feel like “a good Christian” would be able to cram it all in and make it work. It takes a wise man indeed to admit his limited capabilities.

          • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

            Very true, yet another one of satan’s lies we tend to fall for.

  • http://billgrandi.com/ Bill (cycleguy)

    Great advice Loren.  There are some who will never suffer from busyness.  There are other, like myself, who go through fits of it.  I try hard not to become absorbed by my work.  I try to maintain a balance of work and home and exercise.  Sometimes riding my bike wins.  Okay, most of the time.  LOL  I was raised with a strong work ethic for the ministry and still find myself working hard and trying hard NOT to expect it of everyone else.  My schedule cannot be theirs.  Fortunately, I had a wife who let  me roam, but pulled the reins in when I needed to slow down and stay at home.   Hoping you are recovering well. 

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      It’s great that your wife supported you in that way – by giving you the freedom to work but still trying to inform you when things were getting out of balance.
      I find that the issue goes a little beyond just simply busyness – because the solution isn’t always doing less. Sometimes we’ve got to think of how to implement that through prioritization, delegation, etc, That’s what I find to be the most difficult part.

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    These are such great tips Loren and I’m glad the surgery went well buddy!

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Thanks, Kimanzi. I’m glad you found the podcast helpful!

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    Maybe we should focus more on the Spirit within us rather than the busyness of organized religion.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      In my opinion, I don’t think this particular passage in Acts 6 was about Spirit-filled vs. organized religion. I would say that caring for widows and preaching the gospel were both activities that would have been appropriate to do if done in the Spirit.
      I think one of the fascinating things about the Spirit is that he leads us to means – he leads us to be wise enough to delegate in order to avoid busyness, he leads us to establish habits of study and prayer, he leads us to establish relationships that will strengthen us.

      • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

        You’re right, Loren.  I guess I just see that sometimes we are so busy doing churchy things that we forget about caring for widows and preaching the gospel.

        • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

          Yeah, I see what you’re saying. Sometimes we get so busy with the external trappings of “church” in an almost pharisaical way. And then we don’t have time left over to do the truly churchy things like preaching the gospel and loving others.

  • Melanie Wilson

    This is my favorite podcast of yours, Loren. I can relate to thinking I have to step up my game. But I wanted to add another insight to this passage that I think can help overachievers like us delegate. How do you think those men felt to be trusted with that responsibility? We tend to assume that people will feel like we are dishing off work to them, when in many cases others are honored that we think we are worthy to serve in that way. 

    A personal example. I was feeling guilty for not hosting a baby shower for my niece. I tend to do all those kinds of things and am very stressed as a result. I didn’t offer to host and another aunt is hosting the shower instead. I honestly think she is thrilled to have the responsibility. She doesn’t have all the other demands that I do. All this time I’ve been feeling a tad resentful for being the one hosting things and she may have been longing to do it!

    Hope you’re recovering quickly, Loren. Thanks for a great word from the Lord.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      That’s a terrific insight, Melanie. There are plenty of times in my life when I’ve been thrilled to be tapped for a greater responsibility. And it seems here that the church picked the cream of the crop when they chose these delegates, so I would imagine they were quite excited about this opportunity for serving. Sometimes, we’re rearing to go and someone just needs to ask – and doing things on our own and powering through may deprive them of a chance to fit in, to use their gifts, and to benefit from serving.
      In other words, we benefit from delegating, those we serve benefit from our delegating, and those to whom we delegate benefit from our delegating. Everyone wins! But I think the key is to delegate well, just like the apostles did.

  • http://theregoi.com/ floyd

    The thing that stuck out to me the most was the humility in which they answered. I probably would have been the guy to go off on them, “Who do you think you are?” Not good. I try to balance my time and delegate way more than I used to. The funny thing is that all things get significantly clearer when we step back and look with wisdom and time. 

    Excellent study and teaching from The Word. Nice job. Making me think. 

    I’m praying for a speedy and full recovery. God bless. Thanks, Loren.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Thanks, Floyd. Their humility stuck out to me, too. I know I would have been tempted to answer emotionally. Especially if I’m trying as hard as I can to help people – when they turn around and get upset at me, my reaction would probably initially be nowhere near as wise as the apostles’ reactions.

  • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

    I can’t even tell you how relevant this post is to me and my church right now. I just got back from a meeting with some of our key teachers and they were all struggling with being over committed. Unfortunately I think our church culture can lean towards a culture that values over commitment. In a way it can look very spiritual.  

    What stands out in this post to me is the importance of assessing capabilities.  So often we just jump on a new idea because it sounds so awesome and we start moving forward. We fail to assess our ability time wise and skill wise and people wise to carry out the task. As a result we shoot ourselves in the foot. An idea is only as good as our ability to carry it out.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      You are dead on about overcommitment looking spiritual. It seems sacrificial. It seems like we’re really giving it all for the kingdom. But in reality, we’re frustrating ourselves, the people we’re serving, and kingdom purposes.
      I agree too about assessing their capabilities. That’s probably the toughest thing to do for me. My first impulse is to just expect myself to man up and take care of it all – but I’ve got a lot to learn there.

      • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

        One of the problems I run into in our church is dealing with guys who think they need to sacrifice family and health for ministry. To them it’s like showing off a battle wound. Honestly sometimes I feel guilty when I tell people I can’t participate in a certain ministry, not because I’m involved in another ministry at that time but simply because I need to be home and spending a little time with my family.

        • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

          You ARE involved in another ministry at that time – the ministry of raising your family.
          But I know what you’re saying. People love to be really busy, especially with “good” things. Not only does it make us feel like we’re really serving the kingdom, but it makes us feel like we’re valuable – like we’re needed. Ultimately, it takes more humility, I believe, to admit our frailness and insufficiencies.

  • http://www.barbraveling.com/ Barb Raveling

    I think a lot of moms get in the habit of doing all the housework themselves because it’s easier than making the kids do it. I’ve seen some burned out homeschool moms, in particular, because they haven’t been willing to delegate. 

    I was always a great delegator, but for the wrong reasons – I didn’t do it so I could serve in other areas. I did it because I thought it was good for the kids but also because I didn’t like to cook or clean house!For 8 years or so all 4 kids cooked one dinner each week so I only had to cook two or three times a week. Plus they did most of the household chores, including their own laundry. They are ages 16-25 now and are all great cooks and competent so it was a good program even though my motives were impure. I’m so thankful God doesn’t give up on us in exasperation and instead continues to shape and mold us in our areas of selfishness!

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      I’m sure your kids’ spouses will be thankful for their cooking abilities! :)
      That actually sounds like a pretty wise course of action. Sure, maybe your motives weren’t pure, but doing it all yourself wouldn’t have been a better solution. I think there are a lot of potential issues with delegation just like with anything. We can get arrogant and start to feel superior to those to whom we delegate, for one thing. Check out: http://www.lifeofasteward.com/the-dark-side-of-delegation/

  • http://www.thetomdixon.com/ Tom Dixon

    Great stuff as always – I remembered to rate on iTunes this time! Hope you are on the mend, recover quickly my friend.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Thanks for the rating, Tom! That’s much appreciated.

  • http://www.redletterbelievers.com/ David Rupert

    Loren, I couldnt get the podcast to play but i read the transcript.  I am in a fast growing church — one of the top 10 in the US. It’s crazy. And those poor kids running it are just trying to play whack-a-mole. The problem i see is that there are so many of us out in the pews, just itching to help. But they like the control and rob us of the blessing of service. 

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Uh-oh, hopefully it was just a temporary issue with the podcast. Can you see it now? What browser are you using?
      Glad the transcript was available though – I guess that’s one good reason to do it.
      There are a lot of problems that come with such wonderful blessings as dramatic church growth. I’m excited that God is moving in your church. I can totally sympathize with the leadership though. It’s quite easy to talk about delegation from the other side of the fence. If there are a lot of people who’d like to help, I wonder if one of them would step out and ask the leadership if they can help? Sometimes the leadership may need a gentle and humble reminder that delegation may be the best thing for everyone involved.

  • http://mickholt.com/ mickholt

    I had to laugh when you mentioned how the further into life you moved the busier you got and I am glad you realize it has only just started.  Our son is only 6 and seems that between school, work, church, cub scouts, family and whatever other activity he’s doing we move non-stop.

    Two  of the time management tools I learned, and try to implement – with mixed levels of success – are to be intentional about where I spend my limited time and to communicate my needs to my family.

    I can, very easliy, get caught up writing or leaving comments, researching ideas for posts, preparing for a lesson at church – whatever and forget my family. Or the opposite, I get into a cycle where they are my primary focus and I neglect the other areas of my life.

    Good post, thank you, Sir.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Haha, I know it will only get worse!
      I think communicating to your family is so wise. I’ve realized that my family is really on my side and they want me to succeed. They don’t want to place unrealistic expectations on me, either. It’s just that many times they don’t know all that I’m dealing with or all that I have on my plate.

  • http://marleeward.com/ Marlee

    This was a really great podcast, Loren. But for some reason the thing that actually stuck out to me the most isn’t directly related to what you shared. I mean I gathered a lot of insight from what you share here, but for me, having recently run myself right into a severe flu with busyness, I feel that we have ask ourselves, “what can we give up?” I mean beyond delegation or working in strength zones. Recently, my Spirit’s been saying, “everything is permissible, but not beneficial.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 You know what I mean? Yes, I can delegate, I can manage, and I can do all these things, but even if I think they are priorities in my life, perhaps they aren’t. Am I making sense? LOL

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Ha, that’s awesome that other things stuck out to you. I actually think that’s a great thing – it means that the Spirit is working in your life.
      That scripture you referenced is so wise, but so hard to implement. A lot of times it takes extreme periods of busyness and craziness for us to get broken enough to make the needed changes!

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    What stuck out to me in this podcast was the terrific walk through of scripture in a very practical way. I think this is a big problem not only in the church but in almost everyone’s life these days. I think it will help my husband in his role as VP of sales & marketing. I think it will help pastors and managers and moms. This passage emphasized the importance of delegation, even as a mom who can delegate to her kids. God showed me this passage in a new way, that it went beyond delegation to providing a process for time management at an organizational level. I can apply it by having a better understanding of how I can support my leaders, of how I can teach my kids, and of how I can prevent overload and burnout from happening again in my life. Several years ago, I burned out because I relied only on myself to accomplish too much for one person. I learned that I should have asked for and sought out help more, and I learned that I just could not be effective in my area of giftings when I was so bogged down by trying to do that which others were gifted in doing. Great stuff, Loren!

  • http://aparchedsoul.com/ Grayson Pope

    I was googling Bible verses on over-commitment and I landed here :). Had to tell you!

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Ha, that’s awesome!