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