A Frayed Knot


A piece of string went into a restaurant for coffee, when the manager stopped him at the door shouting “we don’t serve your kind here!” The string was so distraught he went outside, wrapped himself in a knot and frayed himself at both ends. Determined not to be denied, he went back to the restaurant where the manager eyed him carefully and asked, “aren’t you that same piece of string I just kicked out of here?” To which the string replied, “No, I’m a frayed knot.”

Those words, “No I’m afraid not”, can be very valuable in managing time. People who would never think of asking you for money will frequently request a more valuable resource, your time. Committees, projects, and lots of good causes can quickly consume our time and keep us from God’s best.

Be wise today to discern which activity will do the most to advance the Kingdom of God, encourage your family and use the gifts and talents God has given you. When asked to help with something that doesn’t fit, remember those valuable words, “I’m afraid not”, and redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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