Posted: August 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is good by Seth Godin.

I have seen this pattern as I have grown in youth ministry over the last 26 years:

The more effectively I have recognized and used my “down time” to plan, to strategize, to lay groundwork, to become intentional….both the more “down time” has been the result AND the more effective I have been with the the rest of my life.

The surprise was that this was not zero-sum economics! The extra down time did not come from “people time” but from time/energy/passion that was previously wasted by waiting until everything was urgent to invest.

My sense of busy-ness came from my own lack of perspective (see Seth Godin above), my need to feel important, and my pride in devaluing the work of preparation. There are caveats, but I don’t want to lose the point. Can anyone relate?

  1. Jeff Blake says:

    Yes, I relate. Yes. On another topic, Hal, I am not on Facebook so I have a hard time staying connected to your journey. Like Stephen told me about the picture you posted recently of Dave and you and, of course, I began to think of you and of him and of your ministries. How many years since he died? Two daughters? I imagine his lovely wife remarried? Please help me remember this good man.

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