There has been a lot of discussion the past decade or so about multi-tasking, especially due to computers and the creation of Windows software, where many different windows/tasks can be open and working at the same time. It’s true however that time management consultants remind us to try not to do too many things at once where in the end we do many things poorly instead of a few things well. In the end, I think that finding the right balance is key and I like the term “stewardship”, which the Bible offers plenty of divine guidance in wisely using our money, time, efforts and resources in a manner that glorifies God.
But in returning to the topic of multi-tasking; women, have earned the reputation of multi-tasking better than men. If a man wants to argue this point, let’s see if he can do 5 loads of laundry, 3 meals, 2 snacks, 3 band-aid rescues, 5 diapers, 7 bottles and 5 trips to the store/school/post office/etc, ALL IN THE SAME DAY and do all these things in a manner that the husband thinks that she didn’t do anything all day, because upon arrival from work the house is pleasantly full of aroma of a nice candle and dinner on the table with kids smiling to welcome him home. (Yes, it can happen and Proverbs 31 IS in the Bible, and yes many women can multi task with these things AND their own professional job too!) But since this e-mail letter is to be encouragement to all of us, I must also compliment men who can multi-task very well too. Of course, I am not going to suggest that men can multi-task better than women, but sometimes one must consider the amazing ability inside every man………and his remote control! I’ve witnessed my neighbor Ken, who can watch a rugby game, cricket game and a soccer game while talking on the land line phone and SMS-ing in English (or Afrikans) ALL AT THE SAME TIME! (I would have mentioned myself, but it’s been a while since I had the USA programming with American Football, Baseball and Basketball, therefor I have to concentrate on only one channel in German to understand it well!)
Actually, I have a huge admiration for Ken as a man who is able to multi task being a husband, father, international business man and co-pastor of a church plant; ALL AT THE SAME TIME! As Romans 12:1 writes about being a living sacrifice of continual worship to God, Ken is a living example of this. He doesn’t realize that I “caught” him multi-tasking this week. I phoned him two nights ago on his mobile phone while he was driving home from work. Immediately after our brief conversation I remembered something to ask him and called him back. His phone must have malfunctioned because the line was open and I could hear him (or at least his car stereo), but he didn’t realize it. Normally, this could be an opportunity to overhear some good gossip, or see if your friend might have interesting things to say about you. But not with Ken, from the stereo I could hear he was listening to God’s Word being preached from a CD he was playing. I hung up and tried again and still the same. I realized he was preparing for his sermon this Sunday. While balancing family life/work and church, he was using the twenty five minute drive time to “study” for his message. Later that night I found the e-mail he sent me earlier in the day wanting me to share with you all in this weekly update that he is sharing about practical application of the blood of Jesus Christ in our lives today and to remind you to bring your Bibles and a marker/pen to church on Sunday. I am confident you will be blessed!
12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.
In His grip and grace,