Getting Ahead: ‘The back burner’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

At some time all of us have meant to get something done and have failed to accomplish it. There are many reasons that this can happen. One is that we just procrastinated until it was too late. Or maybe we were never capable of accomplishing the task we intended to do.

Whatever the reason, it does not change the fact that we had good intentions to do the thing at hand. The truth is that we do not allow everything to remain undone. Many of the things we say we are going to do, we do. If I were to make a list of the things I intended to get accomplished, most of them would have been done. If I studied the task that I had failed to do, I would probably find that they were not any more difficult than the task that I had successfully completed. I would find that I was completely capable of doing those things that were left undone.

The truth is that those things that were not done are the things that we put on the back burner and we tend to leave them there. If I have four burners on my stove and I leave something on one of them, I am only able to produce 75 percent of my potential. The other thing is that I must work around that troubling thing that is tying up the back burner.

If we are completely capable of accomplishing those things, why don’t we? What is it that will keep us going out of our way to not do the thing that needs to be done? Are there things that have been on our back burner for a long period of time? Is it time to attend to those things?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets at 240 Courthouse Parkway for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the lobby 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.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer