Getting Ahead: The same results

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist

My parents and grandparents taught me to never give up, work at the task at hand until you get it accomplished. I can remember being made to keep my nose in my school books until the answer was found or the problem was solved. It developed a good work ethic in me and I am grateful that my parents were relentless in this area.

However, I have learned that there is some truth in working smarter not harder. The job we work on the longest and hardest may not be the job that accomplishes the most.

Recently we were trying to send a music track over the internet. We were not familiar with the program that we were using and could not seem to get the music saved in a file that we could send. While we were working at it I realized that we were trying the same thing over and over.

We were working diligently and long but nothing was being accomplished. Finally we went another route and the music was sent a few minutes later. One of the most important things we will ever accomplish in life is to build good relationships. The problem is that the other person has a mind of their own and we do not always see things the same way. I have seen people struggle at trying to have a loving relationship and just cannot seem to get it worked out.

Could it be that the problem is not the amount of effort we are putting into it, but that we are doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Could it be that there is a different approach to the problem that might result in the right solution?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court Street.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist