Dates and Diaries
Acts 28: 23 “They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus.”
You will have seen how we have just finished the first World Conference for Elim leaders.
The date had been set 10 months previously.
It gave the 102 delegates from 32 nations the time needed to get their visas amongst other things to be in the UK. Sadly there were many who couldn’t get their visa and were not here.
They had time to prepare themselves in prayer to come. It gave them time to talk to their own leadership teams about what questions they should bring with them.
It gave time for the number of leaders who were coming to be totalled.
We had time to prepare the necessary arrangements from transport to accommodation to the churches who would host them at weekends and to the arrangements in the conferences. We were ready. We all were because a date had been set.
When the leaders of the Roman Jews told Paul we want to know more about the ‘sect’ he could have immediately launched into a defence of it. But a date was arranged.
It is wise to slow a conversation down and arrange a date in the future to meet because it gives both sides time to prepare.
Some people have nothing in their diary and are therefore not prepared for anything. Some people’s diaries are too full and therefore have no preparation time for the event. Dates and diaries are essential and when used correctly can help to shape our lives efficiently and more effectively.