The One Minute Minister: Book 3.01 – Prayerwork

BOOK THREE – Angel’s Story

THE FIRST PRINCIPLE: Prayerwork

from The One Minute Minister: Restoring Spirituality to Time Management

⌚ 3.1

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.

“Why?”

“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.”

 


QUESTIONS FOR MEDITATION, JOURNALING OR GROUP DISCUSSION:

⌚ 3.1

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?

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