Everyone has emergencies, and you can’t plan them.
But you can leave time in your day to deal with the inevitable emergencies that occur.
Do you ever get a call where a friend just needs to talk? Do you absolutely, positively have to get something in the mail? Does something just pop-up that gets in the way of your plans for the day?
All of those occur far too often for me.
As a pastor, I also get involved in the emergencies of others. Among many important lessons for pastors, one of the most important is to prepare for emergencies.
Every pastor knows what it is like to decide to prepare your Wednesday night message from 2-5 o’clock in the afternoon with just enough time left over to grab a quick bite to eat. Then, out of nowhere an emergency occurs where your presence is needed. What do you do? Which is the greater emergency?
No one wants to be in that situation. It’s better to have planned for that emergency by scheduling your study earlier in the day. After all, your preparation is first on the priority list. It should also be first on your to-do list as well. By doing so, you are ready for the emergency.
What do you do if you don’t have the emergency? Surprise, surprise! Enjoy a few minutes to relax or prepare ahead for tomorrow’s priority.
One other item about emergencies. Don’t take on someone else’s emergency. I don’t mean the kind that are true emergencies. I mean the kind that occur because someone else failed to plan. Don’t take on that monkey (see yesterday’s post).
One of my friends who is always dealing with other people’s procrastination has a favorite saying: “Your failure to prepare does not constitute an emergency on my part.”
Life will always have emergencies. Set apart a little time for the inevitable ones and you will make your life a little more manageable.
May God bless you as you seek to give your best for God.
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