One of my greatest struggles as an entrepreneur was creating the habit of getting up early every morning to spend time in meditation and prayer. Even though every success seminar and autobiography of the rich and famous Business gurus said that I must create this habit, I struggled.
Could be that I went to sleep too late. Could be that I’m not a morning person. Could be that I worked so much into the early morning hours that I couldn’t get up. Could be that I would wake up, check my emails and see there was a fire I needed to put out. Could be that there was so much to do that day that I didn’t have time.
Could be that I was just too darn busy.
And if I could be honest with you, I feel very guilty about being so busy. My marriage has suffered greatly from it.
We entrepreneurs have a lot going on in our minds and lives. Responsibility to pay bills, spend time with family, eat right, exercise, make sales, do marketing, bake cookies, hold the baby, watch CNBC, go on date nights, etc. etc.
The problem isn’t the fact that I have a lot going on. Heck, that’s awesome! We should celebrate the fact that life is shaking and baking! Don’t be ashamed that you’re a work of art when it comes to efficiency and productivity.
God has shown us what the real problem is.
Remember the story of Martha and Mary when pays a visit. Martha is busy cleaning. Mary is eager to learn from Jesus.
Martha’s an amazing worker. But Mary made Jesus a priority. The cleaning up could wait.
Jesus says in Luke 10:42
but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
The truth is that hard work is one of your God-given functions and gifts in being a Godpreneur. You use the intellect and circumstances God has provided you with to lead your business. A bunch of Bible verses praise having a strong work ethic. Work or ambition in and of itself isn’t the problem. In Part 1 I reveal that the first way to solve Busyness is finding purpose, aligning your heart and motivation. Today we encounter that another major issue are our priorities.
If our purpose is to serve God with our businesses but also make time with him our #1 priority, we’re on the right track. Imagine if we all developed the habit of waking up early and being still in God’s presence.
Our CEO wants to meet with us daily. Let’s make showing up to this meeting our priority.