TD Jakes: My challenges in our generation is gradually through entertainment, through television, through media and every way possible. We are living in a generation of dumbing down of ideas. Because we have traded effectiveness for business. Statistics says, we are busier than any other generation we have seen in the last 300 to 400years.
We are so busy than a one-on-one wallpaper hanger. We are just as busy as we can be. And we think because we are busy, we’re effective. But I want you to challenge your schedule for a minute and ask yourself, are you really being effective or is your life cluttered with all kind of stuff that demands you and drains you and taxes you and stops you from being your highest and best self and are you substituting busyness and all the chaos that goes along all the business from being effective.
Let me tell you bunch of scientists got together, they begin to do some research and they begin to determine that 80% of the things we do are busy things that we do in the area that’s not effective than the average person only spends 20% of their time doing the things they are really gifted at, created at, passionate about, excited to do and the rest of it is all the dismal dumb stuffs we all have to do in other to survive.
wonder what would happen if we would go from doing 80% of things that are busy but not effective and 20% of the things that are really effective if we would switch those numbers around and only give 20% of our time to the things we have to do and 80% of our time to the things that we were created to do
There are alot of things you could take from me. You could take my suit, I got another one. You can take my car, I’d get another one. You can take my house, I can get another one. But if you take my time…you have taken something from me that is totally irreplaceable. We take all kind of classes for money management. We know how to manage our money, we know how to repair our houses, we’re working on our hair and our bodies and all this kind of stuff. We do everything except the most important thing, is to value our time.
It takes time to be creative. You were meant to be creative. You were created in the likeness and image of a creator and in that blackness and in that image, you have creativity. If you have time, you would be creative. This is a life class, that means we have an opportunity to learn how to maximize our lives.
Think of the things that you are doing, that somebody else could be doing and think of yourself as a precious commodity that you are going to reserve your energy for your highest and best use. The first thing we teach people that understand their significance, if you are doing anything that somebody else in your life could do, you are not reserving yourself for your highest and best use. We are not using our life, our time, our energy for our highest and best use. Every moment is a gift, every ideas is a gift, every opportunity is a gift, everybody you meet is a gift, every thought is a gift
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