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Friday, March 27, 2015

Think About It

There Are No Five-Minute Jobs
Pastor B.J. Knefley

Have you ever gotten asked to do a five-minute job? You know the kind; the ones that aren’t suppose to take more than a few moments that end up taking hours and sometimes even days? Have you ever had a five-minute job actually take five minutes? I haven’t, in fact most of the time I can’t even get all the tools together in five minutes.

I was recently asked if I could replace the shower unit at my sister’s house. Although there were no assurances that it was going to be a five-minute job, I didn’t anticipate that it would take me long. Five hours later, I was wrapping up my estimate of a quick fix. What went wrong? How could I have been so far off in my estimate? What did I miss? What didn’t I take into consideration?

Life is full of missed calculations. We do it in many different types of situations. For example we often don’t take into consideration the reaction and behavior of others when we’re making decisions that involve others. When leading meetings we may expect that everyone will be on board with the direction when suddenly a dissenter raises a voice of objection. Here’s the kicker, when we run into these roadblocks, it’s always when we don’t have time to waste, or at least we feel like we don’t have the time. To complicate matters, our frustration and anger only compound the problems and our ability to finish the task. So what’s the problem, and is there a solution? It’s simple and it’s called planning.

Proverbs 21:5 states simply “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” Isn’t that the truth? When we rush into a situation without planning we will inadvertently run into problems. When we’re in a hurry, we don’t plan and our lack of planning results in obstacles. Good planning and work lead to successful outcomes. I’ve learned, and am still learning, that when I take time to do just that, my outcomes are more realistic and I get more accomplished. Think about it.

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