A man answered his door at 3 in the morning to find a man standing in the rain asking him for a push. When he refused and returned to bed, his wife scolded him for refusing to help the stranded man, reminding him that someone had recently helped him when his car was stuck.
The shamed husband reluctantly did as he was told walking out into the pouring rain and yelling, “OK. I’ll give you a push. Where are you?” A voice from the dark replied, “Over here on the swing.”
The husband learned that night that not every request for help demands our immediate attention. As Christians, we want to maintain a good testimony by being sensitive to those in need. But we also have to remember to sort out what requests for our time will produce the greatest results for the Kingdom of God.
There are no unimportant people. But there are important people who will hijack your day with unimportant requests that keep you from redeeming 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.