Doing What Counts

Have you ever looked up at the end of the day wondering where the time went?

As I reflect on the way Jesus spent His time, it’s really quite amazing.  Consider:

  • he spent a great proportion of his ministry in the region by the Sea of Galilee because it was located along the Via Maris, a strategic international trade route.
  • he focused his ministry investment on just 12 men, and really, on just three within that group.

As the infinitely wise Son of God, this was His strategy for changing the world.  He could have done literally anything, but He constantly said “no” to good things to focus on the “best.”  And he only had three years to do it.

The questions Jesus’ example raises for us are these:  What are those few, strategic things God is calling us to do for Him?  And, what will we need to say “no” to in order that we can say “yes” to the very best things?

I encourage you to take some time this week to pray, and think, through these things.  Over time, it will make all the difference.


About Bryan Stoudt

On my personal website (, I help Christians follow Jesus in a noisy, broken world. I also have the privilege of helping Philadelphia's healthcare students and professionals do this as Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). More information at On a personal note, I'm fortunate to be married to my wonderful wife, Sharon. Together, we have four fantastic children. In my spare time, I enjoy roasting coffee, running, reading and learning foreign languages.
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