Devotional—The Struggle of Sanctification–Not Created for Multi-Tasking
In reading Genesis chapter 1, have you noticed that God had a systematic plan for creating the earth? He completed creation and in verse 31, “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good…” (Genesis 1:31). God completed His daily plan, and “saw that it was good” before He started a new day.
In strategic planning, Development, Execution, and Satisfaction from Success or Disappointment from Failure are three vital components that result in a positive or negative outcome. Whether from a team effort or one person’s idea, staying focused is the expectation of achieving innovation.
Today I listened to a spiritual eye-opener: Humanity was not created to multitask. Not only does multitasking weaken the astute skills of concentration required for completion, but we also become mentally and physically fatigued, which weakens our ability to worship God and form our best ideas. Under the pressure of attempting to complete several tasks, our level of frustration is high, creativity weakens, and the stress of extra effort [like running in place] leads to burnout. Have you ever been too exhausted to enjoy a great celebration?
The discipline needed to maintain our focus and utilize important critical thinking skills becomes impaired when we have to split our focus to perform various tasks simultaneously. Think about your daily responsibilities. If you have become forgetful, need frequent cups of coffee, or are always frazzled by the end of the day immediate changes are required. Develop a schedule that allows the completion or near completion of one task before beginning another task.
Spiritual Implication [Missing Daily Worship]: Mental burnout and physical fatigue results in not having the desire, concentration, and energy to study the Bible. Nor can we remember God’s promises when facing spiritual warfare. Our prayers become meaningless words spoken quickly just to say we prayed. Breaking the habit of multitasking takes prayer and the discipline of self-control. Pray for the Holy Spirit to help with the process of elimination or rearranging your responsibilities. Always make God your priority by putting Him first.
Prayer: God, we have too many things to do in our lives. We need Your help to eliminate the busyness that prevents us from worshipping You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.