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The Tyranny of the Urgent

March 19, 2018
By Connie Weaver

Years ago, I read a little book called Tyranny of the Urgent, by Charles Hummel. I really don’t remember much about the book itself, but the concept has stuck with me through the years; that the things in our lives that seem urgent to us can become tyrants that keep us from doing the things that are truly important. I have certainly found this to be true in my own life; perhaps you have, also.

 A number of writers have expanded on this concept, including Stephen Covey. Covey is best known for his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, but in another of his best-selling books, First Things First, he deals with the management of time and priorities in the context of four human yearnings; to live, to love, to learn, and to leave a legacy. I’ve found these categories helpful in examining my own life and how I spend my time.  

If you were to examine the use of your time and other resources in the context of your need to live, love, learn and leave a legacy, how would you be doing? If one expression of your human desire to live is to take care of yourself, how are you doing with that? If an expression of the desire to love is to be in meaningful relationships with your family members, how are you doing with that? Are you setting aside time and resources to learn new things, and to have new and meaningful experiences that expand your understanding and knowledge?

And then there’s that question of legacy. Most of us want to feel that we’ve made some difference in the world, that our being here will have meant something once we are gone. I believe our most essential legacy is bound up in Christian love, and that beyond that, God gifts each of us with skills and inclinations to accomplish certain ends while we are here. We don’t always know how what we are doing fits into the larger scheme of God’s plan, but we seek to be faithful by making our minds and our hearts available to God’s Spirit each day as we go about our work.

The truth is that we can get addicted to urgency. Maybe we like that rush of adrenaline all the time. Maybe accomplishing things that seem urgent makes us feel like we’re getting stuff done. Or, quite possibly, we get addicted to the urgent because it helps us to avoid important things that are more difficult or complicated. Could that be happening in your life, right now? Has the feeling of urgency become a tyrant in your life? If so, I hope you’ll talk to God about it.

God wants us to experience the peace that only God can give to us, in Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:4-9
 

ANNOUCEMENTS

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH

We are having a church-wide Spring Spruce-up of the Grounds this Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Volunteers of all ages are invited to come with rakes, clippers, tarps, blowers and power-washers, to help get our church grounds ready for Easter Sunday.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25TH

Preparing to Worship Together
The sermon text for this coming Sunday is John 12:9-19. The sermon title is “Gone After Jesus.”
 
Pancake Brunch & Student Service Auction
Please plan to stay after worship this Sunday to enjoy a Pancake Brunch served on behalf of our youth for their summer mission trip. Your donation for your brunch meal will help support their mission trip to Kentucky in July. ALSO: You are encouraged to bid on services provided by our youth, such as yard work, car-washing, artwork and more!
 

THURSDAY, MARCH 29TH

Maundy Thursday Dinner & Worship
Instead of Wednesday Night Special, we’ll gather for dinner at 5:45 p.m. on THURSDAY, March 29th; then worship together at 6:30 p.m., as we remember events in the life of Jesus leading up to the Cross.
 

APRIL 1ST – EASTER SUNDAY

You’ll have two opportunities for worship on Easter Sunday, and we hope you’ll take advantage of both! The first is a 7:00 a.m. service at Dover Baptist Church on Manakin Road, with your pastor preaching for that service. Then we’ll enjoy breakfast with the folks of Dover Baptist, before returning to Hebron Presbyterian for our regular 10:00 a.m. worship service. For Sunday School information, check with your regular class about its plans for Easter Sunday.