No Real Shortcuts

I can hear you now!

Shortcuts 01I have a shortcut to work…
or a cooking shortcut… or a faster way to….
or a better way….

And, if you have an IT perspective, you would say that is bunk… Every program has a shortcut to some longer action by knowing the particular keystrokes to accomplish the same thing that require others to use a combination of keyboard and mouse… In fact, most computer Icons are simply shortcuts to execute the program without going through the menus!

Shortcuts 02Okay. So maybe there are some shortcuts out there. But they are generally planned shortcuts to make your life easier. So, someone thought out the kind of shortcut that made sense and then prepared it to function the way they thought it should, and then they gave you that “shortcut” to make your life easier.

In fact, it’s just like a “typing” quiz I had to take to prove how fast I could type. Typically, when all things are working well (keyboard, program and fingers), I can type about 110 words per minute (wpm). When I was typing in the test, I took all the shortcuts I knew to do certain editing things, and it dinged my speed test because I did not follow their much slower instructions!

Okay. So maybe there are some shortcuts if you define them as “quicker” ways to do a task. Depending on traffic conditions, we all look for shortcuts to get to a destination. Lest the shortcut gets bottle-necked, then I normally keep the shortcut a secret!

This year I plan on getting some pieces of my life in order. There will be some shortcuts available, but most items will simply require hard work, day in, day out. Perhaps some shortcuts will shave some time, but there is a plate full of stuff that needs to be handled and I need to get them ordered so they can be managed.

Shortcuts can help order our lives, but they cannot replace getting a task done.
No matter which way you go you must simply finish the job.

I was thinking about all the examples in scripture that dealt with organizing certain things in order to make the work flow better, or to make the end product easier.

Joseph had a vision about some fat and lean years coming. The Pharaoh listened to him and put him in charge of organizing the good years in order to ride out the bad years.

“The meaning is what I said earlier: God is letting Pharaoh in on what he is going to do. Seven years of plenty are on their way throughout Egypt. But on their heels will come seven years of famine, leaving no trace of the Egyptian plenty. As the country is emptied by famine, there won’t be even a scrap left of the previous plenty–the famine will be total. The fact that Pharaoh dreamed the same dream twice emphasizes God’s determination to do this and do it soon. “So: Pharaoh needs to look for a wise and experienced man and put him in charge of the country. Then Pharaoh needs to appoint managers throughout the country of Egypt to organize it during the years of plenty. Their job will be to collect all the food produced in the good years ahead and stockpile the grain under Pharaoh’s authority, storing it in the towns for food. This grain will be held back to be used later during the seven years of famine that are coming on Egypt. This way the country won’t be devastated by the famine.”  (Genesis 41:28-36 MSG)

Then, I think about the ant that stores up food for the off season.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8 KJV)

Even Jesus said something about having things prepared and in order before putting your hands to a task.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. (Luke 14:28-32 KJV)

Sometimes, the simplest way to get something done is by considering examples of those who have been successful!

“You were born to win, but to be a winner,
you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” ~Zig Ziglar