Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

I HAVE been part of a num­ber of stock takes in my work­ing life.

I con­fess this was the most mind-numb­ing ac­tiv­ity I’ve ever been part of - 1-2-3-check, 1-23-4-5-check.

But as the num­bers came in, I watched the ware­house man­ager glow with pride.

Losses were low. His hard work im­ple­ment­ing sys­tems was ver­i­fied. He looked like he’d won a Grammy.

Two dif­fer­ent re­sponses to the same ac­tiv­ity. He wasn’t just count­ing stuff, he was track­ing progress.

It’s Fe­bru­ary al­ready. School is back. Rou- tines are in with reg­u­lar monotony. New Year’s res­o­lu­tions for­got­ten.

Per­haps a stock take, track­ing our progress on the things we know are im­por­tant, will help us see where we are po­si­tioned.

Je­sus said a num­ber of times, “con­sider care­fully”.

Take time to eval­u­ate. Just don’t do life on au­topi­lot. Think about it.

Je­sus also said he was like a gate on a sheep­pen - the way in and out, to ex­pe­ri­ence safety, pas­ture, sat­is­fac­tion, ful­fil­ment, con­nec­tion and hope (John 10:9).

Con­sider this. As the year starts into full swing, am I be­gin­ning to work on au­topi­lot? Do the things that take up my time and en­ergy, re­ally work to­ward fulfilling my life? What if I opened the Je­sus gate in my life?

Pas­tor Olwyn Har­ris Lib­erty Church Whit­sun­day Mem­ber of the Chris­tian Clergy Group in the Whit­sun­days

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