BOOK THREE – Angel’s Story
THE FIRST PRINCIPLE: Prayerwork
from The One Minute Minister: Restoring Spirituality to Time Management
“Isn’t there a danger that you will spend too much time praying and not do anything?” the minister asked.
“It doesn’t take too long to plug in a power saw,” Frank said. “It works as it should only when it is connected to a source of power. It’s the same with us.”
“Once the task is clear, it is a sin against the partnership to avoid the work to be done,” Bill said. “True prayer is never a place to hide from work to be done. Avoiding work is avoiding obedience.”
“It is in our prayerwork that we plan our work,” Angel said. “The difference is that we allow God through prayer to influence our plan so that by faith we make a better plan. A better plan yields better results.”
“And at the root of every failure is a failure to adequately plan,” the One Minute Minister said. “We live amid great uncertainty, instability and constant change in our environment. Therefore we say with regard to our plans as James 4:15 says: For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
That night as he settled himself down to sleep at Frank’s house, the minister thought over what he had learned that night at Solomon’s porch. His several attempts at a Time Inventory in the past month showed that his life was not the smooth flow he thought it was before he stared keeping track. It was unmanageable; what he wound up doing in a day had little resemblance to any plan he made, or even any principle he valued. But how could you manage all of it, keep everything under control? Certainly breaking any one of the commandments involved putting a priority on things that was higher than the maker of all things. He wondered what Bill would have to say about it in the morning.
What are you avoiding?
“… at the root of every failure is a failure to adequately plan …” Agree or disagree? Why?
What have you learned about avoiding from your experience with a Time Inventory?