In this series of posts, I'll share some thoughts about how I get stuff done. Believe it or not, I don't just preach on the weekends. There is much more to my job than that. I crank out a TON of work. I am pretty highly involved with our Staff, Finance Team, Advisory Team, and World Care ministries, and take at least two World Care trips every year. This year, I will be in Africa, Haiti, and Jamaica. In addition to that, I lead churchplanters.com and personally invest in dozens of pastors each year. I also speak around the country to Pastors and church leaders. I am actually even writing a book right now for pastors and church leaders. I blog and tweet a ton; and oh, yeah, I do teach about 40 weekends a year in our church. Somehow, though, I get all of this done at a pretty high level; I don't feel burned out; and I don't neglect my family! How? In this series of posts I'll share how, based upon some Biblical principles God has taught me straight out of His Word. Here's how I get so much done: 1. Diligence. Diligence is simply working hard. The Bible is full of admonitions to work hard. "The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied" Prov. 13:4 (NIV). Ask anyone around me: I work hard. I go at it. I can get more done in a day than most people do in three, because I work hard. I move fast. I don't whine about having to work hard or long hours. I believe my work ethic honors God. I never do what's "good enough" or "will get us by." I shoot for excellence. When we desire excellence, that desire alone will drive our work ethic. I actually believe that whatever I do, I am to do to the BEST of my ability!
I believe that my work is one of the best ways I have to worship God. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men..." Col. 3:23 (NIV). God brought His best to the table in Jesus, so if I want to honor Him. I need to always bring my best to work. I work hard. I don't fool around when I am supposed to be working. I don't waste much time, when I need to be working. I am focused. I am diligent. The word "diligent" in Hebrew means "to be sharp." When I work, I want to be sharp; be on top of my game; do my best; work with excellence. Move quickly. My desire to be diligent allows me to get more done (and frankly work circles around a lot of people).
How do I stay so diligent? That's for tomorrow's post. How do I keep from burning out? Do I ever shut down? You'll see. Stay tuned!
In the meantime: What about you? Are you diligent? If so, what are the signs? If not, what is one step you think you could make to be more diligent?