Eighty-five percent of what we do, anyone can do: checking email, answering messages, attending meetings, reading the newspaper or trade journals, and making simple decisions….Ten percent of what we do, someone with a modicum of training should be able to accomplish…But five percent of what I do, only I can do! This is the most important 5% for me! I can’t delegate these initiatives to anyone else. I can’t hire someone else to take my place in any of these activities because they require that I be there! This 5% will determine the validity of the other 95%.
As I have been on a bit of a break this summer, I have been maximizing my time with my family and close friends as well as getting lots of rest. But, I am realizing that I must maintain focus on the most important things in my life all year long…not just in the summer.I sat down and decided to make my own list of my top 5%:
1. A growing relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.2. A healthy, honoring and honest relationship with my husband, Chris.3. A parenting relationship with my sons that is based on authenticity, vulnerability and sacrifice.
4. Maintaining and growing the relationships I have with my extended family and my inner circle of friends.5. Being physically healthy, whole and free.
6. Encouraging and life-giving ministry to couples.
This is the order the list should be in. In all honesty, it often isn’t. Those closest to me often get the leftovers from me because I’m so busy doing what I think is the most important thing. But if I’ve learned anything in our 15+ years of full-time ministry it’s this: If I don’t keep things in the right order, then my ministry to others is anything but honest and authentic. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some young boys who want their momma to build Legos with them. And you have no idea how awesome the spaceship is that I can build.