A lot of things are not what you think they are. For example:
An airplane’s black boxes are what color? Orange
The Canary Islands were named after what animal? A dog
How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years
A lot of things on your daily schedule are not what you think they are either. There are likely some things on your plate today that you think are important which are merely urgent. That’s because it’s easy to confuse the two.
Urgent things are items which demand your immediate attention. They clamor to be seen and done right away.
On the other hand, important things are the activities in your day with the greatest long term payoff. They may also be urgent, but most of the time they aren’t.
One of the devil’s favorite tactics is make the unimportant appear urgent. Being aware of that tactic will help you focus on what truly is important, what’s really going 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.