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By On May 29th, 2018

Pace Yourself

Have you ever started a project with tremendous energy and commitment, only to have it stall in just a few days? If you’re like me, there are a few semi-completed projects on your computer or in your closet or garage. 

I used to run the mile and two-mile races in high school track. The worst thing we could do was to try to run all-out at the beginning. Good coaches taught us to set lap-by-lap time goals that were reasonable. Doing this we could complete the race, sometimes with excellent results. Try to apply the same kind of thing to projects you take on.

We often spend our enthusiasm quickly without much thought of how we should plan out what we do. Or something more interesting comes along before we’ve completed what’s on the plate in front of us. 

I’ve even seen this even in faith. New Christians often read everything they can, attend each service they can find, or take on too many missions to complete. This can lead to spiritual burnout. If any of this describes you (as it does me), there are other ways. 

First, forgive yourself. Don’t evaluate yourself only in how many things you get done. Second, make a reasonable game plan of how much you can do at a sitting and how often you can sit down to do that thing. Then try to follow the plan. If you fail, reevaluate and start again. 

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. Proverbs 24:27

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