Life flies by us. Many of us experience days at the speed of sound. The urgent shouts at us and the distractions beckon us. On the spectrum of life, we range from workaholics to being spiritual lazy. For many, life is a blur with not much to show for it at the end of the week, month, or year. It would be great if productivity and effectiveness increased directly with our speed of life. It doesn’t. In fact, they seem to move inversely with our NASCAR lifestyles. It takes natural disasters, funerals, and sickness to slow us down, at least temporarily.
The mindset of OPO brings life into focus and a “sorting out” of what’s really important. Without it, I am confused and with it, I am intentional. OPO? It stands for “one primary objective”. When I open my eyes in the morning, I have OPO for the day that lies ahead. I normally have a bazillion secondary objectives (BSO’s) but I have only OPO. The magnitude and urgency of my BSO’s often overwhelm and eliminate my OPO.
My OPO is to spend quality time with God. It usually includes reading from His Word, talking to Him, and listening to Him. It doesn’t have to be formal, long, or at a particular time of the day. It just needs to happen. It offers a foundation for me to live in obedience, faithfulness, and boldness. His wisdom, power, and love exude from the life where OPO’s are reached regularly.
There are two kinds of BSO’s: necessary and unnecessary.
Necessary BSO’s would include:
Unnecessary BSO’s would include:
becoming successful at anything unimportant
If our unnecessary BSO’s are eliminating our OPO, then we must re-evaluate our objectives and elevate the importance of our OPO. Jesus said, “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness…”
God has not called us to busyness but to faithfulness.
He did not call us to a lifestyle of indulgence but of sacrifice.
He did not put us on earth to make us happy but to make us holy.
I believe that for 99.9999% of us, we have the time for our OPO.