Maybe you do not recognize this…
“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”
It is supposedly from Alice in Wonderland and is connected to the (white) rabbit. Although the quote shows up all over the internet, when I search through a Kindle version of the book I do not see the exact quote. Only the concept.
Going faster and faster,
never getting ahead,
and only getting further and further behind.
What I take from the concept is this… Work smarter. Not harder. Or faster. Maintain your pace and allow your task to get accomplished accordingly. Smarter, not harder.
Since the beginning of the year I have been striving to work smarter. I’ve outlined my goals, laid out certain tasks that need to be accomplished for the goal to be reached, and have slowly weeded out things I can drop by the wayside. I’m laying out some milestones that will allow me to acknowledge the attainment of my my goals. Attending to details has become my focus in an effort to keep pure focus on accomplishing my goals.
Part of the problem is not having someone looking over my shoulder to keep me focused. There is no mentor in my life that can incline themselves toward my needs and help me passionately pursue my goals. I have a decent work ethic, but that’s not enough. I need to be accountable!
Jesus was teaching a lesson to those 12 men he chose to be his disciples. Think about it. Normal, everyday workers. No highfalutin personalities. Fishermen. Tax Collectors. Just average every day men, except they were called to a task. Obviously a job that were able to accomplish, but they needed teaching and training.
In this lesson he was explaining that a Rich Man had a Steward who was not doing a good job.
So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ (Luke 16:2 NKJV)
This steward was essentially a manager of a portion of the rich man’s belongings. Just like me. I’m a manager of all that God has blessed me with. My family, time, church, ministry… Even my health and life. There will come a day that I will be called to give an accounting of my resources and how I managed them.
How will I answer? Will my words speak for me? Will my accomplishments rewarded, or will they be viewed as less than what I am capable of doing? What will be my reward, or my punishment?
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” (Luke 12:48 NKJV)
What have you been given that you must give an accounting of? Can you honestly look at all you are responsible for and say to man and God, “I’ve given my all and here is what I’ve accomplished.”
Think about it for a while… You have much time on your hands to bring your world back into focus and achieve all you are capable of accomplishing.