Practical Steps to Change 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV) His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Importance of Principle Ruth 1:1-5 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man's name was Elimelech, his wife's name Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. House of Bread God is King Jeremiah 48:1 (TLB) This is the message of the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, against Moab: "Woe to the city of Nebo, for it shall lie in ruins…its forts are overwhelmed and captured.
The Consequences Ruth 1:3-5 (NIV) 3 Now Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.
What could have been… Psalm 33:18-19 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. Psalm 37:18-19 The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
Principle based decisions Do not make reactionary decisions! Do not make decisions based on convenience ! Do not make decisions based only on your logic ! Do remember what the Word of God says about the situation! Do remember the promises of God in your life! Do make decisions and take steps based on faith on the Word of God!
Yeremia 17:5 Beginilah firman TUHAN: "Terkutuklah orang yang mengandalkan manusia, yang mengandalkan kekuatannya sendiri, dan yang hatinya menjauh dari pada TUHAN!
Principle, not consequence! 2 Kings 6:4-7 They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. "Oh, my lord," he cried out, "it was borrowed!" The man of God asked, "Where did it fall?" When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. "Lift it out," he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it. The Problem Panic from consequence Identify the root of the problem! Miracle happens!
Keep growing! Develop Creativity: God makes us creative: Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” Ephes. 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Keep growing! E Develop Creativity: E Learn to be a better listener E “Not to be fortified with good ideas is to be victimized by bad ones” – Carl Henry E Read from other industries E Change your routine E “When I look at the same old things, I think the same old thoughts, but when the furniture is changed, my thinking changed…routine is the enemy of creative thinking” Stanley Marcus E Change your old assumptions
Importance of Priority EGod is a God of Order EThe whole creation is in order EThere is a sequence in creation EProverbs 28:2 …..a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.
Jesus exemplifies the importance of prioritizing: In commitment: Lukas 14:26 "Jikalau seorang datang kepadaKu dan ia tidak membenci bapanya, ibunya, isterinya, anak- anaknya, saudara-saudaranya laki-laki atau perempuan, bahkan nyawanya sendiri, ia tidak dapat menjadi muridKu.
Jesus exemplifies the importance of prioritizing: In relationships: Mat 12:46-50 Ketika Yesus masih berbicara dengan orang banyak itu, ibuNya dan saudara-saudaraNya berdiri di luar dan berusaha menemui Dia. 47Maka seorang berkata kepadaNya: "Lihatlah, ibuMu dan saudara- saudaraMu ada di luar dan berusaha menemui Engkau.“ 48Tetapi jawab Yesus kepada orang yang menyampaikan berita itu kepadaNya: "Siapa ibuKu? Dan siapa saudara- saudaraKu?“
Jesus exemplifies the importance of prioritizing: In relationships: 49Lalu kataNya, sambil menunjuk ke arah murid- muridNya: "Ini ibuKu dan saudara-saudaraKu! 50Sebab siapapun yang melakukan kehendak BapaKu di sorga, dialah saudaraKu laki-laki, dialah saudaraKu perempuan, dialah ibuKu."
Jesus exemplifies the importance of prioritizing: In material things: Mat 6:19-21 "Janganlah kamu mengumpulkan harta di bumi; di bumi ngengat dan karat merusakkannya dan pencuri membongkar serta mencurinya. 20Tetapi kumpulkanlah bagimu harta di sorga; di sorga ngengat dan karat tidak merusakkannya dan pencuri tidak membongkar serta mencurinya. 21Karena di mana hartamu berada, di situ juga hatimu berada.
Jesus exemplifies the importance of prioritizing: In lifestyle: Mat 6:24 Tak seorangpun dapat mengabdi kepada dua tuan. Karena jika demikian, ia akan membenci yang seorang dan mengasihi yang lain, atau ia akan setia kepada yang seorang dan tidak mengindahkan yang lain. Kamu tidak dapat mengabdi kepada Allah dan kepada Mamon. Mat 6:33 Tetapi carilah dahulu Kerajaan Allah dan kebenarannya, maka semuanya itu akan ditambahkan kepadamu.
Importance of Priority Haggai 1:3-6 "Beginilah firman TUHAN semesta alam: Bangsa ini berkata: Sekarang belum tiba waktunya untuk membangun kembali rumah TUHAN!" 3 Maka datanglah firman TUHAN dengan perantaraan nabi Hagai, bunyinya: 4 "Apakah sudah tiba waktunya bagi kamu untuk mendiami rumah-rumahmu yang dipapani dengan baik, sedang Rumah ini tetap menjadi reruntuhan?
Importance of Priority 5Oleh sebab itu, beginilah firman TUHAN semesta alam: Perhatikanlah keadaanmu! 6Kamu menabur banyak, tetapi membawa pulang hasil sedikit; kamu makan, tetapi tidak sampai kenyang; kamu minum, tetapi tidak sampai puas: kamu berpakaian, tetapi badanmu tidak sampai panas; dan orang yang bekerja untuk upah, ia bekerja untuk upah yang ditaruh dalam pundi-pundi yang berlobang!
Importance of Priority 9 Kamu mengharapkan banyak, tetapi hasilnya sedikit, dan ketika kamu membawanya ke rumah, Aku menghembuskannya. Oleh karena apa ? demikianlah firman TUHAN semesta alam. Oleh karena rumah-Ku yang tetap menjadi reruntuhan, sedang kamu masing-masing sibuk dengan urusan rumahnya sendiri. 10Itulah sebabnya langit menahan embunnya dan bumi menahan hasilnya,
Importance of Priority Understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment Efficient is doing things right Effective is doing the right things (Peter Drucker) Efficiency is the foundation of survival Effectiveness is the foundation of success (Maxwell) To increase effectiveness, we need to learn how to prioritize
Learning to Prioritize LeadersFollowers InitiateReact Lead; p/u phone, make contact Listen; wait for phone to ring Spend time planning Spend time living day-to-day Anticipate problems React to problems Invest time with people Spend time with people Fill calendar w/ priorities Fill calendar by requests
Learning to Prioritize E The “3 R” principle: (Maxwell) E 1. What’s required of me? EA leader can give up anything except final responsibility EAsk: ”What do I have to do that no one but me can do?” EPut these high on your priority E 2. What gives me the highest return? EAsk: “Am I doing what I do best and receiving a good return for the organization?
Learning to Prioritize E3 common problems in organizations: EAbuse: too few employees are doing too much EDisuse: too many employees are doing too little EMisuse: too many employees are doing the wrong things E 3. What is most rewarding? EOur best work takes place when we enjoy it. EFind something you like to do so much that you’re willing to do it for nothing; then do it so well that people will be happy to pay you for it. E Success is greatly increased if the 3 R’s are similar!
Learning to Prioritize E Organizing Priorities EHigh Importance/High Urgency: ETackle these projects first EHigh Importance/Low Urgency: ESet deadlines for completion and get these projects worked into your daily routine ELow Importance/High Urgency: EFind quick, efficient ways to get these done with minimal personal involvement. ELow Importance/Low Urgency: EThis is busy or repetitious task like filing. Stack it up and do it in half hour segments every week. Get somebody else to do it, or don’t do it at all.
Priority Pitfalls E Staying put too long: EPriority continually shifts and demand attention E“Anything excellent stands moment by moment on the cutting edge and must be continually fought for (Ross Perot) EEvaluate: every month review the 3 R EEliminate: anything that doesn’t pass the 3 R test EEstimate: what are my top projects this month and how long will they take?
Priority Pitfalls E Settling for the good instead of the best: EGo back to the 3 R and ask again: EWhat is most aligned with the organization’s purpose? EWhat benefits the people you serve the most? EWhat is the preference of your leader?
Priority Pitfalls E Trying to have it all: E“95% of achieving anything is knowing what you want” EToo many priorities paralyze us: (lion tamer’s technique) EFailure to prioritize and eliminate small priorities will create big problems E No deadlines, no crisis: EIf you have one letter to write, it’ll take you all day to do it. If you have twenty letters to write, you’ll get them done in a day (Parkinson)
Prioritizing E The importance of prioritizing: EGod is a God of order EJesus exemplifies prioritizing E Learning to prioritize E3 R principle: EWhat’s required of me? EWhat gives me the highest return? EWhat is most rewarding? EPriority pitfalls: EStaying put too long EGood vs. best ETrying to have it all ENo deadlines