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We live in a culture of urgency. It’s all about pressure and hurry, get-it-done, checking stuff off the list as quickly and efficiently as possible. If it’s not screaming for attention it gets pushed to the back burner in favor of something more pressing.

The tyranny of urgent leads to a focus on short-term results. It forces us to make choices without sufficient consideration and consultation. Urgent promotes the lie that any action is better than inaction. Urgent tells us to do something, even if it’s wrong.

I’m thinking that “urgent” is usually a bad reason for a decision. Unless it involves blood loss or some other life-and-death issue, most things that are really important are important enough to wait.

Wait is different than procrastinate. Wait doesn’t mean deny or ignore or put off. Wait means taking the necessary time to make a considered, long-term decision that supports our core values. Wait means making certain that we can commit to a course of action even when it might be difficult.

In our rush-rush culture, we often substitute urgent for important, but they’re usually very different. Few issues are truly urgent AND important.

Don’t allow the tyranny of urgent to force a bad or unconsidered choice. As we begin a new week, try to keep in mind the distinction between urgent and important. If an issue is really important, it might be important enough to wait.

What’s an “urgent” issue that’s pressing you for a decision? Is it important enough to wait?

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Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:

Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com

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