Wed, 6 May 2015
UNIVERSITY OF EXCELLENCE
FOCUS AND TIME
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How much is YOUR time worth? One Christmas I promised my children that after I finished a project for the LORD I would take them on a day trip to Los Angeles. I told my oldest daughter to make sure we took a particular item with us.
Finally, the day after Christmas we were all excited and ready to go on the trip. We lived in the desert about 90 minutes from L.A. We took off and after about 30 minutes I asked my daughter (the oldest of seven) if she had the item I told her to bring. Uh-oh! The answer was, "No, I forgot!"
Well, we turned around and went back home to pick up the item which wasted about an hour of our time. I told my daughter, "I am going to teach you an important lesson: the value of time." I said to her ... and to the other children ..."How much do you think my time is worth: $100 an hour? $200 an hour?"[NOTE: People can die and go to Hell if you and I do NOT reach them for the LORD ... which makes our time of infinite worth!]
I told my oldest daughter, "I am going to make it easy on you. I am only going to charge you $20 for my time wasted." She answered,"But where will I get the money to pay you?" (She was 14 at the time.) I said, "You will have to use your faith." Wouldn't you know ... the first day back to school after Christmas vacation, she walked out of class and found $20 on the ground. PRAISE GOD!
If I steal YOUR time, I steal your life. I taught this to my children with the above example when they were young."When you're out of time ... you're out of life: your body dies!"
How much is your soul worth?"What can anyone give in exchange for their soul?" (Mark 8:37)
You see, your time is important to other people, also. And it is important to God ... and to His Kingdom.
I have known the importance of "focus" and "time" for a long time, especially in ministry (as well as other aspects of life).
What I learned while writing the last book the LORD had me work on - Enhanced Humans: Mystery Matrix - was that I disobeyed the principles of "focus" and "time" as a result of trickery.
Things (vehicles and household equipment, etc.) started breaking and I was allowing them to take my time and thereby causing me to withdraw my focus on my work for God.
I had so many things happen (some I mentioned to close friends) that I was being "drawn away" from the job at hand: to write, edit, finish and publish my new book. I finally bound Satan and his demons and commanded them to stop breaking my stuff. But, it wasn't until after I saw a pattern developing that I corrected the situation.
I would try to "fix" - or spend time on the phone or online obtaining advice about how to repair what was broken - and then go back to my assignment from God. My house is only seven years young. After a while I realized this was a "trick" to steal my time ... to keep me from finishing the book.
Finally, when something would break (unless it was a dire emergency) I would leave it be and focus on my primary mission at hand: the assignment from God.
Amazingly, as I looked back, these are some of the principles the LORD taught me, and which I write about, in my book: The Art of Christian Warfare.
The same way with "not feeling well" at times toward the end of the book. This, also, is covered in my book, The Art of Christian Warfare. I claimed - believed and ACTED upon God's promises for healing - what God promised me in His Word, and WENT FORWARD:I focused on my primary mission at hand, the assignment from God. I was totally healed when I finished the book.
Thankfully, the LORD woke me up ... or, I should say, "I took time to listen!"
Hopefully, what I RE-learned will help YOU in the future. Don't allow anything or anyone - including the devil - to run you around on insignificant "rabbit trails."
Put the Kingdom FIRST."Seek first the kingdom of God, and all things will be added to you."(Matthew 6:33) A good paraphrase (I think) is: "Put God first and He will take care of you!"
Daniel honored God with his focus and with his time ... and God honored Daniel.
Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.
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