Bob Roberts is a man-genius in the areas of disciple making, church planting, church marketing, and glocal (acting locally while thinking, dreaming, and acting globally) thinking and action. Last year I read his book, The Multiplying Church, which was ridiculously brilliant. Yesterday, he posted on his blog about learning how to say “yes” or “no” to things that require our time. Face it, most of us don’t know how to say “no” or we are indifferent. We need to learn how to intentionally say “yes” and “no” to things.
Here is an excerpt from his blog entry from yesterday. Some great suggestions for intentionally ordering our lives (you can view the entire post here):
How do you know what to say yes to and no to beyond the typical traditional management techniques? Here are some things I look for . . . .
1. How unique is this – how many people are going to have this opportunity or access to make a difference?
2. What was I reading in my personal worship time this morning in God’s word – was there anything that correlates?
3. Is this the first time this country, person, idea, or situation has been before my mind or did it come up earlier and now there’s an opportunity to go with a seed that had been planted?
4. Is there a long-term relationship or something of significance that this could lead to for the kingdom of God?
5. What is present beyond the immediate opportunity? Are there other things that this could lead to impacting other people and places?
6. Does there have to be an immediate answer – or is there time to have others confidentially pray about the matter with me?
7. Do I have the ability to respond – or is this something I am going to have grow and/or learn – and is it within the realm of God’s calling or is it a distraction?
8. Do I have a sense of this is a “God moment?”
9. Is this a place or area that I’ve had on my heart or something that I’ve been wanting to learn about?