Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Accomplishments Take Time

I made a peppermint sugar scrub for myself a few weeks ago. When I used it for the first time I loved how it made my skin feel soft and moisturized. Then I noticed all the rough skin and dryness that hadn't been helped by it. 

Um...I had used it once. Maybe I should use it consistently for a few weeks before I expected to have more dramatic results? 

We live in an instant society. Instant coffee. Microwave meals. Drive-through restaurants. Next day shipping. On-demand television. Obviously there are perks of this "instantness" but there are some serious drawbacks as well. We expect everything to happen now. We want what we want when we want it.

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We all want to be brilliant nuclear physicists after a semester of gen ed's in college. We want to be an accomplished pianist after three months of lessons (and little practice). We want to speak a foreign language after fifteen hours of instruction.

Accomplishments take time. Maybe coffee and television can be had on demand but the important things can't. Marriage isn't instant. Marriage is built of years of growing together, denying self, building memories. Raising children involves years of praying, disciplining, spending time together. Friendships form from years of shouldering the tough times and celebrating the good. 

Playing an instrument takes years of consistent practice. Learning a foreign language takes time and practice. Building a home take time to learn, to implement, to retry something that didn't work. 

Instantness doesn't get us far when it comes to the things that really matter. Maybe something you're doing isn't working out for you right now? Don't quit. Some things take time. 

And not just time; maybe you need to change how you are doing things. My favorite definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Don't quit; change what you are doing. It's easy to coast by doing the same thing you've always done but that won't bring the change you desire. It will be more comfortable but comfort will not get you to the finish line that you're picturing. 

Don't like the results you are getting in your marriage? Go back to the Bible and fomd principles to follow. Don't like the results you're getting in your child-rearing? Find the answers in the Bible. Change what you are doing. 

Don't like the results in your homemaking? Change something. Learn and then do. Read blogs. Read books. Ask ladies who run nice homes what they do. Keep trying until you find something that works. Don't just quit because one or two or fifteen ideas didn't work. 

Don't like the results you're getting with your writing, your music, your art? Change something!

Whatever you do, don't quit. 

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