A recent piece in the New York Times was shared with me, and I found it to be insightful, challenging, and inspiring. Here’s how it begins:
When George Shultz was secretary of state in the 1980s, he liked to carve out one hour each week for quiet reflection. He sat down in his office with a pad of paper and pen, closed the door and told his secretary to interrupt him only if one of two people called:
“My wife or the president,” Shultz recalled.
Shultz, who’s now 96, told me that his hour of solitude was the only way he could find time to think about the strategic aspects of his job. Otherwise, he would be constantly pulled into moment-to-moment tactical issues, never able to focus on larger questions of the national interest. And the only way to do great work, in any field, is to find time to consider the larger questions.
Many of us can identify with being “pulled into moment-to-moment tactical issues” and “never being able to focus on larger questions”. Some call it the “tyranny of the urgent”, based on a book from the 1960’s by that title. Bottom line- sometimes life and its constant demands can be so all-consuming that we rarely have time to consider what is truly important, big, and/or spiritual.
Sunday in worship we talked about “hearing from God”, and how the clearest way to hear from God is through His Word. Hearing from God is, in a way, a form of practicing a “Shultz Hour”- it’s saying “hold on” to what is urgent, and saying “yes” to what is important- hearing from God. As we talked about on Sunday, this will look different for all of us. Right now, a great group of women are studying God’s Word in a Bible study here at church. For others, it’s a quiet home, before everyone gets up, with a warm coffee and a devotional book. For still others, and for many, it will include using your smart phone and apps to draw you to God.
James 4:8: “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you”.
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