We started with lunch--haystacks, of course--with Gam and Damaris´s moms helping to get the meal ready, following Summit church service at PAA. As we ate, I asked each team member to tell us why he or she felt called to join the Cuba mission trip. I am excited to be working with these six students.
After lunch, we drove up to Mt. Tabor Park. As we walked with a partner, we shared how we usually spend Sabbath and a memory of a Sabbath that felt "just right."
Later we read "Tyranny of the Urgent" together. I had thought of using this with students in the past, but I wasn´t sure if it would resonate. My group this year is made up of a lot of busy students, so I decided to give it a go. Boy, did it resonate! In a nutshell, the article says that the URGENT things can drown out the IMPORTANT things in our lives, unless we are careful. He recommends spending time with God each morning to receive guidance for that day, and longer planning times each month.
We discussed the time usage percentages from the discussion guide (below). Students couldn´t believe that there are people who only waste 2-3% of their time, as we all recognize a lot of time wasters in our lives. We discussed the things that distract us. Most of them revolve around social media and resolutions for curbing the addiction came out of the discussion.
Discussion guide item
Covey and Merrill created a time grid, and assigned a descriptive title to each one. Their research determined the percentage of time spent in each category by typical organizations and individuals:
We tied Tyranny of the Urgent to our discussion about Sabbath. How can we leverage the Sabbath day of rest for spending more time with God and getting our priorities straight?