Many leaders immerse themselves in a swirl of activity each day and wind up getting very little done that is meaningful. They confuse activity with accomplishment. They sometimes resemble an octopus on roller skates: there’s a lot of movement, but very little forward motion! I wrote an entire chapter relating biblical principles for time management for, How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK and will include additional time management strategies in, How to Lead by THE BOOK. Time is one of God’s most precious gifts. And you cannot help but waste it if you don’t learn to work within the discipline of priorities and put first things first.
There is a church in Florida that, I believe, is also confusing activity with accomplishment. On September 11th, they plan to burn copies of the Koran to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the terror attack against our country by Muslim extremists. Frankly, their time would be better spent reading their own Bibles than destroying the books of another faith. Here’s why:
1. Whenever you act out of vindictiveness, you drain your own energy, resources, and become distracted from what is most important in your life. In short, you lose sight of your true mission and purpose.
2. Burning the book of another religion will not bring one additional person to Christ. In fact, the act is far more likely to repulse people from Christianity–a religion many already perceive as too extreme and judgmental. The best way to draw others to your faith is to live it out according to the principles set forth by Christ–not to derogate or disparage other religions.
3. Whenever you persecute another religion you unify them, make them stronger, and add to their numbers. The same thing happened to the early Christian Church. Read the Book of Acts. As the church was persecuted, it grew exponentially.
Don’t miss the parallel lessons for your own enterprise, because in business we can become as easily misguided as the leaders and members of this church. We want to make a point, so we do something symbolic or dramatic and actually lose ground in the process as we deviate from our primary mission. By investing our God-given resources in low-return activities, we become poor stewards of what God has gifted to us. As a result, we are likely to see fewer opportunities and resources in the future. As Stephen Covey wrote, The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!