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Our attention is pulled in a hundred different directions everyday. And it’s easy to simply go with the flow – staying busy with whatever distractions come. But all too often we neglect what is important for mere busy work.

We all have to deal with phone calls, messages, and various tasks that do not add real value to our long-term objectives. There are just part of our daily to-do lists.

And we can spend all day busily chipping away at these tasks only to face the never-ending list again tomorrow.

In all our busyness, we tend to neglect the more important matters of our life and relationships – the long game that doesn’t always have immediate results.

Sometimes our distractions simply keep us blind to what’s important. Our daily tasks are so time consuming and draining that we have little energy left to pause, reflect, and consider other alternatives.

At other times, we seem to hide behind the distractions. We know what’s important, but we also know what is required of us. And staying busy becomes our path of least resistance.

If we can just look busy then we don’t have to dig deeper and take risks in offering our strength.

But to win in the long game we must regularly invest in what is important – spending time and energy stewarding the call God has given us.

This requires us to first discover what is important and then consistently run toward it, not hiding in mere busy work.

When we neglect what’s important we’re not living in integrity and we add unnecessary stress to our life.

Thoughtfully address the many tasks that come your way without settling for just staying busy.

Do the work that matters by focusing on what’s important.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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