Charles Spurgeon once said:
Be diligent in action. Put all your irons into the fire. Use every faculty for Jesus. Be wide-awake to watch opportunities, and quick to seize upon them.
I largely agree with Spurgeon. I have more irons in the fire than I’ve ever had before–church planting, leading, multiple writing projects, and speaking (and all I do as a husband, dad, and friend). This has been the busiest, most taxing, most demanding, most productive, and most rewarding year of my life so far. I like having a lot of irons in the fire.
Yet there’s also a cost to having a lot of irons in the fire. Count that cost. Be sure you know what you’re taking on–what both the benefit and the cost will be to throwing another iron in the fire.
There are two types of people reading this post:
1) The under-ironed person, the person who is failing to be fruitful with their life–burying their talents instead of investing them.
2) The over-ironed person who has too many irons in the fire and is not adequately focused on playing to his gifts and strengths in order to make the most significant and strategic impact for the kingdom.
Which are you?
Make a move. Either put some more irons in the fire or pull a few irons out and re-focus.
I don’t know that we ever get the balance quite right. I find I’m always adding and subtracting irons, trying to hit that sweet spot. These days I’m doing more adding than subtracting.
Justin Buzzard is founder and lead pastor of Garden City Church, a church plant in Silicon Valley, and author of the books The Big Story: How The Bible Makes Sense Out of Life and Date Your Wife.