1000 Emails

It looks like that right?

I have seen a commercial a few times on TV for a particular cell phone and while I’m not entirely sure the marketing goals were met, I have thought about it a bit more than most.  The first time I watched it, I “googled” the company that was featured using the phone.  I couldn’t figure out why this phone would help this company more than any other (do you really need to write all of your emails from a phone? do you not own a tablet of some sort or laptop or something?  I know all 10 of my finger work faster than two because I was born in the 80s and I’m guessing the woman was too)

The second round had me calculating her claim that she gets 1000 emails a day.  First there is no way to thoughtfully answer 1000 emails a day.  If you got that many you would need 33 hours to email everyone back (2 min each).  So then I thought, “she probably has a few assistants, is she really claiming she does all the work? What an awful boss!”  The reality is that no one person should be this busy.  If you are, you have to work smarter.  When ever I feel myself feeling good about how much work I’m doing, I’m probably lying to myself about the cruddy job I’m doing at building a team, delegating and doing things that aren’t productive.  Work ethic is good and so is hard work.  Excellence is best.  Perfectionism is a lie.  Making yourself indispensable is stupid (what if you get hit by a bus? seriously.  can someone pick up where you left off?).   Leading by yourself isn’t leading.

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Bad News Gives God Room

Today we got some less than stellar news and my stomach turned a bit.  Not that I lost faith but a deep uh oh rang through me. 

Then as I sought God in my drive to Target I started to think about all the things that I thought God did to get us to that spot and honestly I started to wonder if it was him.  You know it had to have been easy for the Israelites to do that when bad news hit in the promise land.  That manna just grew on trees right?  That was God.  I remember specific prayers and how they specifically were answered.

So what so you do with that.  God brought me here and stuff out of my control has happened.  Where are His promises now? I promise I haven’t lost my faith. God never said his will would ne without obstacles. 

On my drive I realized that when bad news happens and I get out of God’s way.. there becomes room for a miracle.  And I figure that the badder the news.. the bigger the miracle.  If you are in a spot like that doesn’t that get you charged up for what God is about to do.  If not… check out the Bible.  There is some seriously bad news that God turns into serious miracles.  In the words of my hubby.. can I get an Amen?!

I am pretty excited to see what God does. 

SIDENOTE: Neither Matt or myself have an illness nor have we lost a job etc.  Can’t wait to share what God does.

Just Wait

Wait is one of my least favorite four letter words.  I’m not good at it.  I don’t like the idea of it.  I’m good at content but wait usually means something else has made the call.  Wait.  Wait implies that you had your shoes tied, coat on and hand on the door handle.  Wait.  It means that you had the papers in the envelope, licked the disgusting adhesive on the top and had embraced the blue handle on the mailbox.

However, it is helpful and hopeful to remember that wait is not always synonymous with stop (another unfortunate four letter word).

It also good to recognize what those words mean to God.  I don’t think he likes them too much either in context with what He wants to do.  But then again, who tells God “wait” or “stop”?  Stupid people.  Sometimes me.  I hate it when that happens.  I digress.  When God says wait it is about timing and preparation.  When God says stop it is about His plan vs yours.  His are better. Every time.

What do you do with wait?  Prepare.  Be ready in and out of season.  Have that word on the tip of your tongue.  Enjoy the moment that God has you in.  Keep your eyes open.

Be careful when you wait.  This is when it is easy to be tempted, fall and stop trusting God.  You are not in a season of relax.  You are in a season of wait.  Stay armed.  This is not a vacation.

Just wait.  Just around the corner is more than you can imagine and more than you are prepared for… for now.