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Are you Task Oriented or People Oriented?

People are different. Some of us are more task oriented and love to get things done and some of us are more people oriented and we love connecting and social interaction. If you have taken a personality assessment like the Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, Strength Finders, DISC, Kolbe, or 16 Personalities, then you know what I’m talking about. They are very helpful and I’ve seen marriages and relationships saved through the insights that these tools can reveal. (Plus they are fun to take and share with family and friends).

Sunday I preached on 1 Timothy 5:1-16, on the necessity of family members providing care and support of the vulnerable in their families (see link below). One of my main points was “The person in front of you is more important than the task in front of you.” That’s something I want to remember this week as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Any holiday can be a trigger for recollection of past pain and disappointment, but when wen combine that with the added stress of the many necessary tasks in preparing and now the uncertainty of social gatherings and you have a Thanksgiving recipe for more pain and disappointment. Jesus is a family member that will not disappoint. He is not distracted by his tasks. He longs to have a relationship with us. Carve out some time this week to cast your burdens on him – he will listen for he cares for you! (Psalm 55).

And, while you are celebrating Thanksgiving why not point others to Jesus as well? Remember that the person in front of you is more important than the task in front of you.

Link to sermon: (sermon starts at 32:20)


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