A going-to-the-next-level idea

One of my maxims of life is that a person is always just one idea away from the next level; and a person is always just one new relationship away from the next level.

That next idea or the next new relationship could come your way any day and in any situation. It is amazing how God will set you up to learn something you need to know or to meet someone you need to meet.

Recently a pastor friend of mine, Norman Black, shared a “going-to-the-next-level” idea. As soon as he shared it (for lack of a better word) it “clicked”.

I’ll not bore you with the background story, but the principle is this: To win in life stay focused on this question, What’s Important Now? 

This is more than a clever little jingle; it helps capture an essential life-principle, the principle of razor sharp focus. Before you can learn the importance of a lifetime you must learn the importance of the next five minutes.

Hopefully there will be far more important things for you to do than what you are going to do in the next five minutes, but I can assure you that if you don’t learn the discipline of living in the now and knowing what matters right now and what is important right now you will never arrive at those major crossroads of destiny.

The urgent, the necessary, the routine, the little details, the special “God-moment” or “God-assignment”—these are all mile markers on the road of life that get you to the major crossroads of destiny. Allowing yourself to become distracted away from these “little things” is to sabotage your readiness for the big things.   The-One-Thing-200x300

Bottom line, it’s not that most things are wrong or harmful; it’s just that they are not important right now. Don’t allow the options of the moment to drown out the voice of reason (or of the Holy Spirit) that is crying out—“This is what is important now.”

  • The ONE THING for today: To win in life stay focused on What’s Important Now. String together enough of those little victories and you will be ready for the big game.


Luke 10:40-42 (ESV)

40 But Martha was distracted with much serving.

41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary.”


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