One of our values at LifeWay is to “do one more thing”. These are important words that we all take very seriously. Truly, it’s saying, no matter your work load, no matter the size of the task list, no matter how booked the calendar is, do one more thing. Not because anyone wants burned out employees or other tasks not being done well. But, because we know that there certainly is margin to be found in order to serve someone else by taking on one more thing.
I don’t know about you, but I’m busy. I’m busy at work and I’m busy at home with my wife and 2 young boys, one of them with special needs that takes extra time and energy to raise. When I think of the phrase, “do one more thing” in my life, sometimes I shudder at the thought of how I’m going to pull that off. But the margin is there. If I spent less time on my phone, if I prioritized certain tasks above others, if I got up earlier and went to bed later, these things could certainly allow some extra time.
Men, specifically husbands and dads, I want you to do something that will change the life of those in your home. Do one more thing. I’m sure you are tired and there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. But do one more load of laundry today. Take your kid outside to play catch. Do the dishes. Is there a honey-do list? Check something off. Sit down with your family and do a devotional together. Play a game. Clean up their mess. Engage in a gospel conversation. You get the point, serve your family well. Maybe it’s something that will take hard work and maybe it’s something that will just be fun. Either way, your family is not going to forget the extra time and effort you gave to do one more thing for them.
For me, I find it easy to play the “woe is me” card in my mind. I’m so tired, exhausted, ready for a break, finally able to sit down, deserving a breather….you get the point. But when I read Philippians 2, I get put in my place.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
While I’ve maybe had an exhausting day at work, my kids have thought all day about playing catch and riding scooters when I get home. While I may be ready for bed, my wife has been cleaning and doing housework all day and it would bless her if I put away that laundry cleaned the dishes. I may be tired of talking to people all day, but my wife has been alone or with the kids all day and she needs some adult conversation. It’s not about me. It’s not about what I want. It’s about how I can serve and love my people well. Selfishness tells me to look out for me, at the neglect of my family. Humility tells me to focus on their needs and serve them well.
So what does one more thing look like for you today?
Tyler Quillet is the Discipleship Strategist for the Custom Church Resources team at LifeWay Christian Resources. He lives in the Nashville, TN area with his incredible wife, Cathie, and two boys, Cylas and Bowen. Tyler also speaks, writes, and coaches alongside Cathie as they pour into and love on those battling infertility through Cathie’s “The Missing Peace Project”. Tyler previously spent 15 years as a pastor and is passionate about serving churches and pouring into church leaders in a variety of ways.