Getting It Done

Posted: February 14, 2022 in Uncategorized

There is one thing I have noticed, and you’ve probably noticed it too. There are things I love to do and things I do not love to do. The things I love to do are easy to motivate myself for and the thing I don’t love to do, well they are sure to kick my urge to procrastinate into high gear. The thing is, a lot of those “unloved things” are things that really need to be done. For example, I love to go out and speak and paint. I do not love to “sell” those programs. The thing is if no one brings me in, there’s really no point in preparing to speak and paint. So if I want to keep doing what I love to do, I have to discipline myself to do what I don’t love to do. Truth be known, this is a mental problem for me. Speaking feels honorable and sales kind of doesn’t. The thing is that’s not really the case. I have a “product” (my presentations) that I believe in. Further I believe that God has called me to take these presentations out into the world and the church. If this is the case, and I believe with all my heart that it is, the letting people know about my programs (which is what sales really is in my case, and probably yours too) is not dishonorable, it’s faithfulness.

I don’t know how many times I have felt like securing an agent to do all this promotional stuff so I don’t have to, but the truth of the matter is, I am not a big enough fish to get good service out of an agent and besides, no one believes in what I do as much as I do. I am the best person to promote what it is that I do. Further, I really enjoy getting to know the people I am going to be working with, I love hearing their stories, and learning how I can flex my presentation to meet their needs. In my heart, I don’t just want to be a hired speaker, I want to make friends and form relationships. I want to be, even if just for a brief period of time, a part of the team.

Of course there are other aspects of this ministry that I am not overly fond of. I don’t really like crunching the numbers and getting the taxes ready. Of course to skip out on those things could bring a lengthy sentence and ruin everything I have worked for. It may not be something I want to do, but it is something that needs to be done. Fortunately I am blessed with a wife who knows her way around a lot of that stuff and this is the other side of those things we don’t want to do. Sometimes there is someone around us who is gifted for what we find to be drudgery. There is nothing wrong with building a team, as a matter of fact, it’s pretty easy to argue that doing ministry as a team is pretty biblical. Sometimes there are people who can help you to do what you need to do.

One of the things I have found really helpful is to make a weekly list of everything that you need to get done, and then going through throughout the week and checking them off. I have really found this to be a blessing so far this year. Some of the things on that list are things I want to do while others are things I have to do. Checking things off that list, especially the things I don’t really like doing feels like a series of little victories, and little victories are enough to keep us inspired and motivated.

At the end of the day, there are things we want to do and things we need to do, and usually, all of it is what has to be done. So find a way and get it done.

  1. Robert Varnam says:

    I know the feeling. I did a fair amount of “fundraising” as a pastor and missionary. I seemed to be successful at meeting goals for purposes I was passionate about. Always!

    Sales? No! I hated and hate selling a product as I cannot get passionate about them. Any!

    Thanks for sharing

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