Let me start by throwing something out there that might rattle a few cages.
Over-committed people are un-committed people.
Here’s what I mean because I realize I’m going to have to put a few footnotes on that statement!
When you over-commit to the wrong things you can’t deliver on the right things. In other words, if you say Yes to every request that comes your way—regardless of whether or not it’s a good use of your time—you lessen your capacity to be effective at what matters most.
I realize that a lot of people who say Yes to things often mean well and simply want to help. I get that. But I think we need to seriously question whether that’s the best way to live. It’s easy to think that committing to every project or request is the right thing to do. But doesn’t that water-down our effectiveness and make us less available when something comes up that really matters?
Micah 6:8 (NIV) says, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Although it was said to Israel a long time ago, to me it endures as a reminder about what’s what. Acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God are important.
But how can we do that if we’re so over-committed that we never have the time or energy to do his will?
I need to be honest. This is hard for me too. In fact, one of the things I’m doing this summer is re-thinking my routines so that when I hit September my life will be more focused.
Over-committed people are un-committed people. So don’t over-commit. Instead, know what’s what, and commit to the things that honour the limited amount of time God has given to you while on earth.
By Matthew Ruttan