Sometimes the temptation to do too many things at once prevents us from being present in our own lives. Technology is a great tool (without it, we couldn’t have this conversation!), but, like any good thing, balance is key.


While driving in town the other day, my wife, Barbara Dan, and I saw a young woman jogging… pushing a baby stroller… leading a dog… and talking on a cell phone all at once.

I said to Barbara Dan, “It’s called multitasking.” Barbara Dan looked thoughtful and said, “No, to me, that picture illustrates a life spinning almost out of control. She looks so fragmented. She can’t really focus on anything.”

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Lack of focus is always a danger in our hurry-up world. We have so much to do and so little time to do it that we risk spinning out of control. Focus is vital… to the high calling of our daily work.

“Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Tim. 4:14-16)

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