BOOK THREE – Angel’s Story
THE FIRST PRINCIPLE: Prayerwork
from The One Minute Minister: Restoring Spirituality to Time Management
The next morning he met Angel at a fast food restaurant across from the high school. The place was filled with teenagers laughing and talking as they ate a last minute breakfast. Some worked on last minute homework. A few of them stopped by the table to say hello to Angel before heading over to school.
A few minutes later the restaurant emptied out as all of the students left for school. “I love coming here,” Angel said.
“It reminds me of what I have lost and gained through my experience of burning out. Before I tell you that, however, how did you sleep?”
“Fine, I guess. I did wake up in the middle of the night.”
“What did you do then?” she asked.
“I normally watch television,” he said, make the remote control channel changing motion. “But I couldn’t at Frank’s house.”
“So what did you do?”
“There was a bible on the night stand,” he confessed. “I picked it up and began to read it. After about 20 minutes I was ready to sleep again.”
“Would you say that was a good choice of using your time?” she asked.
“You mean one of the vital 20%?” he joked.
“Exactly,” she smiled.
“Well, I’m not sure what makes something part of that vital 20%, but I know it was better than watching TV.”
“Making a better choice is what it is all about.”
“Is that the first concept?”
“No,” she said. “But I would like to tell you my story first. Remembering the pain of my poor choices helps me to make better choices today.”
Do you watch much television?
The next time you tempted to watch television, ask yourself something more valuable that you can do. Ask Lakein’s Question: “What’s the best use of my time right now?”
What do you do when you wake up at night and cannot sleep? Is it a wise choice?
How many times each day – and such that asking would fit with your preferences – would be a good opportunity to ask Lakein’s question?