Plate Overflowing

Have you ever had one of those days where you run out of daylight before completed tasks; or, you never get anything accomplished for lack of time. Well, that seems to be the way it has been around the Ellis household for over a year now. If I could just add another 24 hours to each day, I would be able to accomplish everything…I'm sure you never had to deal with this simple task of time management.

Well, I got a refresher course last night to put everything back into perspective. This is a really great story, so it is a "must read again." Remember in Numbers 11, the Israelites were whining again, this time about having no meat. Moses became weary and overburdened with having to deal with the crisis. God had a gracious and simple answer to spread out the responsibility, but the focus in on His reply in verse 23: And the Lord said to Moses, "Is the Lord's power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not." WOW! I sat there and read it a few times to let it soak in.

When Moses became overburdened, with whom did he consult? He took it to the Lord. He didn't get out his calculator or turn on his computer to put in all the data to analyze the situation to come up with the perfect solution. God was his solution. Who caused your plate to be overflowing, you or God? If our tasks are God's tasks, His power is unlimited and He will work through us to accomplish each and every one. God gave us time to manage and use properly, not to waste it. Of all the items on your plate, which were the result of you placing them there or God placing them there. May I suggest you pull your plate next to the edge of the counter top, with the trash can beneath, and start scraping off the dross. Simplicity is sure to follow.

Gary Ellis, MBA, CFP
Association Stewardship Director