So I overcame paperwork mountain. And I will tell you how: It was so simple, I can’t believe I didn’t use this method before. You will need 1 ring binder and about 25 polypocket files. Sort your paper into piles. Then label the piles. Pop into polypockets and repeat every time a fresh piece of paper enters the house.
Well. It worked. I can do this for receipts/bills/insurance/admin…. But now I have a place to store ‘my paper work’ Files like ‘cake’, ‘recipes’, ‘school’, ‘ideas’, ‘lessons I’ve written’ (which I have to say, I am so glad I have compiled them together. This is the biggest pile! I had to make a sub-file!) ‘book-pending’ – sadly, this is still pending. I wish it wasn’t. I wish I would get a move on.
And this is what I was thinking about. I did the paperwork. I did 245/500 mini project (which is almost half way to completion), I wrote two teachings for groups this week. But why do I find it so hard to complete something I am so desperate to have finished? It’s almost as though I could finish the tasks that even if more difficult (who has done an hours’ teaching on tongues and the interpretation of the gift? Yeh that was difficult but I did it…) But something more personal, with more reward – perhaps – is so much more difficult. If you’ve read this blog long enough, you’ll realise that this is a re-occurring theme.
Perhaps it’s because I don’t have a deadline. I work incredibly well towards deadlines. (I read this back and was going to delete it, but it’s true!). My deadline for the 500 mini project (will tell after next week when it is complete) is, next Wednesday. 7 days. And I only have another 1.5 hours to complete the task, and it will be done today.
So should I set myself a deadline? I was reading about completion in the Bible – and this has really helped me. Perhaps it will spur you on to complete whatever exciting project is sitting in your mental to do folder
So now finish doing it, that your [enthusiastic] readiness in desiring it may be equalled by your completion of it according to your ability and means. (2 Cor 8:11)
And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. (Phil 1:6)
The first verse refer to the completion of things that we have begun, and enthusiasm to complete things – it feels like short term plans. Then there is the second verse, the work that God has started in our lives of which He is perfecting leading to completion in heaven – a long term plan.
May you (and I!) know what it is to complete the things that we have begun and that He who has begun a good work in our lives will continue that until completion. Love A xox