” . . . serving others with passion and excellence requires heart-focus. For Jesus this was reaffirmed when he disappeared to be with his Father. When we quiet ourselves to hear his voice, we are more likely to discern our mission for a given season.”- Jeff Manion
“The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”- Mark 1:33-35 (NIV)
On Day 15 (“You Can’t Do It All”), Week 3 of Dream Big, Think Small, Jeff Manion observes that Jesus found it necessary to escape from the noise and commune with His Father. Hence, if Jesus needed this respite, how much more do we nbeed to find a quiet place to talk with God?
In addition, Pastor Manion states, Jesus’ retreat to a quiet place gave Him clarity and vision. And that liberates us to discern our calling in each season of life. That allows us to say both yes and no. Jeff explains:
“Our challenge is to consistently separate ourselves from the noise, the demands, and the traffic — to quiet ourselve to hear the voice of the Father. In stillness we discern those needs he is calling us to meet and which heartbreaking needs he will call others to meet. You can’t do everything. And you shouldn’t. Knowing this frees us to focus on what we can and should do. It gives clarity of purpose.”
Finally, Jeff realates some solid advice he received as a young pastor. Someone told Jeff that he’d never find enough time to do everything he desired to do. However, there’s always enough time to do the work God calls you to do.
Today’s question: What Bible verses give you the heart-focus to serve others with passion and excellence? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “An endurance race – faithfulness”