Is there any such thing as an unimportant person? If you’re a Christian the obvious answer is no. Everyone is important to God and should be important to us as well.
But there are some important people who will waste your time on some very unimportant activities. If we’re to redeem the time, we need to find tactful ways of encouraging important people to end unimportant visits. One way to gently nudge an overtime visitor toward the door is by using the phrase, “Why don’t we have a word of prayer before you go?” This allows you to show the importance of the individual and to acknowledge the Lord, while tactfully bringing the visit to an overdue close. Have prayer with your visitor and once the amen is said, quickly stand to your feet and thank them for their visit as you walk them toward the door.
Using the phrase, “ Why don’t we have a word of prayer before you go,” is an excellent way to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.