One of the biggest challenges I face in my own leadership is prioritizing my time and energy. It is so easy to be sidetracked by the “tyranny of the urgent,” focusing time and energy on those things that must be done quickly, but that ultimately distract from more important tasks.
As I’ve been studying the book of Acts, one lesson related to priorities jumped out at me. In Acts 6, the apostles find themselves torn between work that must be done and work that only they can do. They make a critical leadership decision: “So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.’ (Acts 6:2).
Far from being arrogant, these leaders recognized that they were uniquely gifted and positioned to do something that no one else could do. They don’t negate the need for “waiting on tables,” they simply realize that someone else can do that work, allowing them to focus on “the ministry of the word of God.”
The result of their decision is clear: “the Word of God spread” (Acts 6:7). Because they were faithful to pursue God’s priorities in their leadership, the whole world was changed.
What about you? What priorities do you need to focus on?
What strategies help you balance priorities with the tyranny of the urgent?