Backbreaking Slow!

Backbreaking Slow!
by Danny Tariman

“A lazy life is an empty life, but “early to rise” gets the job done.” (Proverbs 12:27)

It was another day of waiting for things to be done.

We were in the middle of a system testing process where a new computerized system will be implemented in a couple of months.

I had been prodding the project lead to move quickly but I am getting a lukewarm response. He got a pocket-full of excuses. It would have been better to pull up tasks so we can finish the project ahead of time.

But not this project lead. He seems to be not an ‘early riser’. He takes things in stride. Because of this, the team is getting ’empty’ days, days when not much are accomplished.

The Bible is pretty clear about this:

Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them. (Hebrews 6:12)

As a team member, we should not be a cause for delay. We cannot afford to drag our feet. We have to maintain our pace as per the scheduled plan of tasks, so that we can achieve goals, we can finish more tasks.

Three E’s to counter slowness:

1. Be enthusiastic

“Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.” (Romans 12:11)

We must be an eager team member to be part of the success. We have to be enthusiastic about the results of our project. Look up to the Lord as your ultimate ‘team leader’.

2. Be engrossed

“If you don’t work, you don’t eat. And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately–no excuses, no arguments–and earn their own keep.” (2Thess 3:10-12)

We have to give our all for the project. Give it your priority. Give it the attention that it requires. No excuses, no arguments. Be totally absorbed by the tasks ahead.

3. Be excitable

“Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!” (Eccl 9:10 MSG)

Let us put excitement in our response to duties assigned to us. The verse above says that we have to “grab and do it” – this implies quick response giving all our ability!

I pray that you will be encouraged to give your all in whatever task you have, and may the Lord grant you success in your endeavor. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

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