In thinking about the New Year, I have come to the conclusion that I need to sharpen my focus. I find myself “majoring on the minors, and minoring on the majors”. The result of such behavior often leaves me with a feeling of dissatisfaction…overworked and nothing really being accomplished. So in my personal life, I have really had to determine what is important and necessary. Here is how I have prioritized what’s important. #1 my relationship with Jesus Christ. #2 my relationship with my wife and children. #3 taking care of this “temple” God has given me. Real surprise right? But when you think about the 24 hours a day that I have, what are those 24 hours spent doing? When I get home from the office, I can find 10,000 things to do, but because I have set in my heart to sharpen my focus, I am going to spend that time playing with my children who have not seen me all day. I am going to have a real conversation with my wife. Instead of kicking my feet up and relaxing, I am going to spend time exercising. It is one thing to set a goal and sharpen your focus, it is entirely something different to change my mindset and behavior to accomplish those goals.
So how about in your ministry…..??? Whether a Sunday School teacher, or a minister or other laymen in the church, how can you sharpen your focus. What is really important and what can be done away with. As a teacher, preparing a lesson and delivering it to the best of your ability is important. Always keeping your attention on those who outside the walls of your church…very important. I ran across this quote from Bill Taylor and Louis B. Hanks wrote in their book, Sunday School for a New Century,
” While teaching-learning and caring-fellowship both are essential, they often are focused toward people who have already been reached. Sunday School that focuses only on those who have been reached has lost sight of the church’s primary responsibility– fulfilling the Great Commission……They (Sunday Schools) must be organized for service, equipped for every good work, and mobilized for ministry. “
When is the last time that you, Sunday School teacher, have challenged your class to evangelize? When is the last time that you had a class social with sole intent of bringing people who are not in Sunday School. It may be time to sharpen your focus. Bible study, prayer, and fellowship are all very important, but if we neglect the outreach aspect, then we have become a good christian social club. I pray that this year will be a year that my focus becomes God’s focus. My heart becomes God’s heart.