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"I'm Losing My Focus"

Can you get a grip when juggling your work gets out of hand?

As we slipped into the booth for lunch, the young pastor of a growing ministry dumped his frustration. "I don't know what's wrong with me. I feel buried by all the stuff of ministry. I went into ministry to teach the Word—that's my passion—but I'm not getting to my sermon prep until Friday at best, sometimes Saturday. I never seem to have time to plan ahead, meet with my key leaders, or envision our next steps."

God was blessing this man's efforts, but he was frustrated, not fulfilled. His Sundays were exciting, but Monday through Friday he juggled appointments, counseling sessions, phone calls, and administration. His inboxes overflowed with e-mail and voice mail. His week flew by before he knew what had happened. He was experiencing the downside of success. Success can kill you.

Dividing your time among the four R's

Every leader must learn the art of juggling, and it begins by choosing carefully what you juggle—and when. The best ...

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