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The Bane Of Being Too Busy

Key Verse

“And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it” (1 Kings 20:40).

Text — 1 Kings 20:38-43


“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good,’” someone said.

Being busy does not always mean real work. The servant in our text was busy on non-essential. There are youths who major in inconsequential matters and minor in significant issues. Spiritual life and their academics that should take top priorities in their daily affairs are put on the last wrung of their schedule. At the end of the day their spiritual life leaves nothing to be desired and the much anticipated success eludes them. A serious youth must learn how to set priorities right. This formula could be adapted in setting daily priorities – urgent and important, urgent but not important, not urgent but important, and not important not urgent. This will curb lateness to school or examination hall, lateness in turning in assignments, and living a jumbled life. Don’t be busy doing nothing. Be usefully engaged.


Set priorities right


Concentrate on what is essential.

Prayer for today

Help me not to lose focus, oh God.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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