Thursday, June 14th,
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message by Kris Jackson
"No one can serve two masters..." (Matthew 6:24)
That is a computer operator's term, the ability
to do several things at once, printing, instant-messaging, text editing, etc.
all simultaneously. Now that we have televisions that project miniature screens
within the big screen, we men especially, can watch more than one ballgame at
once. Multi-tasking is a huge time saver. I read that we spend 2.7% of our
lives chewing food. Multi-tasking in that case would mean talking while your
mouth is full, something that makes sense to me considering the brevity of
time. Others may dispute that logic.
We can, however, get too many irons in the fire
at once. Paul said "this one thing I do". A person really doesn't gain any time
by doing a bunch of things in a mediocre way instead of doing one thing the
right way. It's odd that we never have enough time to do something right but we
always have enough time to do that something over. Success is plugging into one
project then seeing it through to completion. Jesus said no man can serve two
masters. Every athlete that has tried to compete at a professional level in
more than one sport has fizzled out in a season or two. Bo Jackson was a
favorite but he couldn't maintain the pace. You have to choose one predominant
Sometimes a pastor's loyalties are split
between ministry and his need for a secular job. But he aches the whole time
for that "one thing". Just one episode of HBO's "Big Love" reveals the
impossibility of multi-tasking love in a Utah bigamist's home. The
"double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8). Trying to drink
coffee, eat an Egg McMuffin, read the morning newspaper and steer the car all
at once is an accident waiting to happen. The guy thinks he is killing two
birds with one stone. Maybe so; he and the guy coming down the opposite lane.
Now I'm not completely dogmatic on this because
I can still read a book, watch the news and carry on a conversation with my
wife all at once, but obviously none of those tasks are getting proper
attention. Especially the conversation. You wouldn't call grunting an
occasional "Huh?" focused dialogue. Some people do best with three or four
books open at once. They are mental multi-taskers and that is fine. But the
best results come from concentration and focus. The first requirement in a good
golf swing is "keep your head down". "I'll watch the ball; you watch the tee".
Tiger Woods has an incredible ability to concentrate but it's always
concentration on one thing at a time. None of us can be two places at once. If
the scientists ever get around to patenting astral projection there will be
plenty of people who will try to work at Sears in Knoxville while shooting
craps in Vegas. That kind of pulled-in-half devotion sounds more like the
African torture rack of the Tarzan movies than it does wise multi-tasking. The
key is to focus on one. "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord"
(Deuteronomy 6:4). He makes it simple for us. Have no other gods before Me.
Listen to one voice. Follow one Shepherd. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and
his righteousness" and all the other things will fall into place.