I spent the majority of my afternoon with my friend and sister in Christ, Natalie.  She has patiently worked with me, teaching as she went, on building my website.  Natalie’s skill set is mind-boggling.  Where I was ready to give up and throw in the towel, my dear friend was accepting each challenge with wisdom  and experience.  I had neither of those so I called for reinforcements.

How often do we run pell-mell towards tasks with no plan, no experience, no knowledge, and more times than we care to count, no patience?  In this day and age, we’re all about getting it done and moving on to the next thing.  We have sacrificed quality for quantity.  We’re scheduling gurus and yet seem to miss the big picture.  We can hear the voice of distraction cheering us on to “just get it done”!

I’m going to challenge myself this week to slow down, look at what’s ahead of me, and take an inventory.  What exactly are my goals?  Do I have what I need in my tool box?  Do I need to ask for help?  Most significantly, how important is this task?

I try to consider the importance of something by using God’s word as a guidepost.  First and foremost, will the task bring Him glory?  How much time will it take me away from my family?  Could I include them in accomplishing the task?

Clearly, if we take the time to answer these questions carefully and prayerfully, our approach will be one of purpose.  Our actions will be intentional and with new experiences we can learn something.  I will close with this verses from Nehemiah1:10-11:

“They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.  Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name.  Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” (referring to the king for whom Nehemiah was cup bearer)