Twirling plates


I did it again. I keep prohibiting myself from doing it, but it tends to sneak up on me and before I realize it, it’s done and I beat myself up for slipping back.

I started a new project.

Granted it’s not a big one. And the idea is to get someone to take it over completely, right off the bat. I’m quizzing people as I go.

It’s United Prayer on Twitter, but it was already on as a blog site.

Creating is the exciting part, starting up a new idea and seeing it take form and take off. Maintaining is the challenge. Certainly that’s why Ecclesiastes says that the end of a thing is better than its beginning. Easy to begin, harder to carry out and take it the distance.

Lots of projects are stalled or crawling.

For example, I make occasional stabs at the dictionary of biblical vocabulary. It’s moving in spurts. But years in the making.

One example is sufficient to the evil thereof, don’t you think?

Many of us can identify with the man who did the spinning plates act. Missionaries, wrote Howard Norton, have always worn many hats. Multi-taskers is what they’re called today.

So I’m not going to beat myself up too badly. My idea has often been to sow broadly. Spin a lot of plates.

Or as the NLT expresses Ecclesiastes 11:2: “Be sure to stay busy and plant a variety of crops, for you never know which will grow––perhaps they all will.”

May they all. May they all.

What do you think about this? Are you a multi-tasker, incessant creator of projects, always thinking up something new to do?

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

1 thought on “Twirling plates

  1. Randal,
    I can share your thoughts in empathy. Staring projects is easy. Finishing them can be teidious. Managing them tiresome. Like you I try to plant seeds. Scattering them wherever I can. Who knows where they fall, sprout, and grow. God is the only one that may ever know and that is ok with me. Keep Scattering.

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