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Preaching Daily - April 4

Today's Word for Pastors...

Romans 10:15

And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

Today's Preaching Insight...

It’s About Time

Anyone who knows me knows I have a hard time managing my time. No, I don’t have a hard time. I just don’t do it. It’s not that I don’t have all the tools I’m supposed to have. I’ve been to all the workshops. I have all the gadgets. It’s just that I’m a spur-of-the-moment kind of guy. If I’m doing something and even when I like what I’m doing, if I get a call from you and I like what you’re doing more, then I’m going to go do what you’re doing. Then I’ll get back to what I was doing.

I don’t ever understand how much time something will take. So I over-commit, thinking, “Sure, I can do that. It won’t take that long.” It always takes a lot longer than I think it will. So when somebody says to me, “Can you come speak at this?” I answer, “Yeah, I’d love to do that,” and it takes a lot of time to get ready to speak and speak well. So I end up being over-committed and frustrated because I’m trying go get too much done.

Despite the national industry that exists on how to manage your time, I’m lousy at it. Most of us are. Most of us don’t understand what time is. There is a wonderful book by Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time. It’s one of those books everybody bought but nobody read. So you read about time from this great physicist and you get to the end of the book and realize he doesn’t understand it either.

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Today's Extra...

Illustration: Fathers, Mothers

As a mother was walking with her 4-year-old daughter, the girl picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth, and Mom told her not to do that.

"Why?" she asked.

"Because it's been lying outside and is dirty and probably has germs."

At this point, she looked at her mother with total admiration and asked, "How do you know all this stuff?"

Thinking quickly, she replied, "It's on the mommy test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a mommy."

"Oh." She said seemingly satisfied. They walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but the daughter was evidently pondering this new information.

"I get it!" she beamed. "Then if you flunk, you have to be the daddy."

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