Week of 1/29/2017

I Choose

Session 4 - Important Over Urgent

Get Going

  • If you got two extra hours each day, what would you do more of?
  • Which word best describes your last few weeks? Relaxed, busy, full, fun, rewarding. Why?

Dig Deeper

Read Luke 10:38-40.
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
  • Do you identify with Mary or Martha? Explain.
  • Why do you think we’re tempted to allow urgent things to rule our lives?
  • Pastor said busyness does not equal productivity. What busyness can you cut out of your life?
  • Name three urgent things you need to do and three important things you need to do. Which are getting more of your time?
  • Do you have a process or trick that reminds you to choose important over urgent? Share an example.
  • What’s the most important thing you’ve been too distracted to pursue? What do you need to stop doing to pursue it?

Choosing the Important

  1. Create artificial deadlines
  2. Be ruthlessly selective in your “yeses.”
  3. Do first what matters most.

What’s Your Next Step?

  • Jesus, You lived a short life here on earth yet accomplished the most important work of all. Thank You. Will You give us the strength to think long-term and people-first? Will You help us to refocus on what matters most? Amen.
  • What are you saying “yes” to that you need to say “no” to? Your Next Step is to share out loud, make a list, and create a deadline to take your first steps (like, today).
  • Are you struggling with your finances? Make important change in your finances. Sign up for the In-Check class coming in February. Commit to being generous and allow your money to work for you rather than you working for your money.