By Drew Crandall, Co-Chair, CalledToWork.org
Colossians 4:17 (KJV): “And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.”
COMMENTARY: Six days a week (except for Sunday, my day of worship and rest), after my morning devotion with my wife Dawn, I grab a pad and pen, and write “Take Heed” and the date on top of a clean sheet of paper. Then, I make three columns: ministry, business and personal. Next, I do a “brain dump” of things I could or should do to be diligent and faithful with the responsibilities, duties, deadlines, relationships, opportunities and challenges that the Lord has given me. After I complete this list, I ask the Lord for clarity on the priority of each task. Of course, things come up that weren’t on my list, but by the time I reach my office, I already have a general roadmap for the day. I’ve been doing this for decades, and it really works.
The word fulfil means to carry out, achieve, or realize. To me, being disciplined and deliberate is a way to leverage the time, talent, tongue and treasure that the Lord has entrusted with me, to fulfil His purposes for me.
APPLICATION: Are you as disciplined with your time and resource management as you could or should be? Many people operate in continual chaos and confusion, and much of it is self-inflicted. You don’t have to use the method that I use, but perhaps it’s time for you to get better organized. God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. Being organized reduces chaos, which reduces stress. May I hear an Amen?
Drew Crandall has strong New Jersey roots. He spent five formative years of his childhood in Somerset. Since 2001, he has served as Co-Chair of Called To Work, a workplace ministry originally based at Rutgers Community Christian Church in Somerset. Called To Work has since grown into a nationwide ministry. Please see www.CalledToWork.org for details.