Archive for May, 2008

16
May

Tears

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise”.  With all the talk today of self esteem and knowing who you are in Christ, this verse looks like it doesn’t fit.  But it does.

Even Christians who have been genuinely born again have to offer these sacrifices to the Lord.  If it were otherwise, why is it so many spiritual people have shed so many tears?

I remember the early days of my walk with Jesus when I spent many hours before God at an altar (many altars) grieving the mistakes I had made and seeking the face of God for the future.  God blessed me in those early days in spite of my immaturity because I offered Him the sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart.

God, allow us to go back to the good old days when tears at an altar meant something.

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9
May

Priorities

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

I start a two-week vacation in one week.  My schedule is crazy next week, so I had to put my nose to the grindstone this week to get prepared for my two-week absence.  Its amazing how much work can get done when we’re under pressure.  Someone said that the most productive work day of the year is the last day before vacation.

Why do we allow so many other non-essentials to take up our time, but when we’re forced to action, the priorities rule?  Perhaps its a discipline issue.  Here are some suggestions for getting the priorities done:

1) Determine what your priorities are.  What has to be done today, what can wait until tomorrow, and what can really wait until next week, and then work on them in that order.

2) Delegate what someone else can do.  You need to do what only you can do, and ask for help in areas where others can help.

3) Don’t allow non-priorities like a phone call or email to side-track you from your priorities.  Return those calls and emails when they fit your schedule, not the other way around.

4) Don’t become bogged down by the process.  Some of us are good leaders but bad managers.  The task ahead looks overwhelming so we don’t know where to start.  Solicit help on the how-to if that’s your problem.  Some people excel at the process.

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