Written by cycleguy on July 14th, 2016


The great philosopher, Bob Dylan, once said, “Most of the time I’m half-way content.”

A great leadership principle says, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

When I was a high school student working in a dairy store, I had a bad habit. The owner would have me move merchandise, wipe it down, rotate it and rearrange the shelves. Okay that’s one job I could do. My trouble came when I was also expected to run the register, oversee the front, cut meat, dip ice cream for people, answer questions and offer help finding things if necessary. I would leave the shelves undone or forget they were messed up. I wasn’t (and still am not) a very good multi-tasker.

In his book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, Philip Keller tells about “marking” his sheep. They had to catch each ewe and lay her ear on a wooden block and then notch it deeply with the razor-sharp edge of the knife. This same process was used with slaves to show ownership. It was hard for a slave to run away and go unnoticed because of the mark. It also told another landowner that he/she was the property of another.

My message this Sunday is entitled Trail Boss and will cover Psalm 23:1-3. In one of my posts next week I plan to share some thoughts from the message. Your prayers are appreciated.


14 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa notes says:

    They say multi-tasking is a myth anyway (although many of us think we CAN do it, ha). Weโ€™re really just switching back and forth between tasks, and that canโ€™t be efficient anyway. I look forward to hearing more about Trail Boss.

  2. Linda Stoll says:

    The older I get, the less appeal multi-tasking has, Bill. Keeping focused on what’s in front of me works well.

    When I can follow through!

  3. floyd says:

    I always think of the practice of marking or piercing to show ownership when I see people with scads of them.

    I know it’s cliche, but the 23rd Psalm is my favorite verse in all of scripture. It was my dad’s too.

    Praying for you, brother.

  4. No such thing as multi-tasking! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I will keep you and your sermon in prayer, Bill.

  5. It is great to be back on your blog my friend.. I have been gone far too long!! –

  6. Betty Draper says:

    I am Linda, I have no desire to multi task anymore. Simple is my plan, keep it simple, do one thing at a time. Now If I could just get everyone on this same plan in our household…I get a lot of practice with one thing at a time.

  7. Jeff says:

    I agree with others that multi-tasking is not reality. Like everything…exceptions. But we do things one at a time. The problem isn’t doing everything at once. The issue is getting everything done you signed up for, were told to do, or said you would do.
    Bill…What did Jesus have to say about doing what you say you will do?

    • cycleguy says:

      Totally agree with you Jeff. Your sentence which begins with “The problem…” is spot on. And…I am confused about the question.