Monday Musings (on Tuesday) – May 28, 2013

Dear Friends,

Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday weekend.

I often find sermon material too late.   The sermon it was made for has already been preached.  Such is the case with what I am about to share.  This would have found its way into my April 28 sermon on failure, except I found it too late!

There was a ceramics teachers who announced on opening day that he was dividing his class into two groups.  All those on the left side of the studio would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.  His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group; fifty pounds of pots would be an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on.  Those being graded on “quality” needed to produce only one pot to get an “A”.  Of course, it needed to be of the highest quality.

Can you guess how this experiment worked out?  The highest quality came from those being graded on quantity.  Why would that be?  They weren’t fretting over “perfection”, they were just busy creating pots and —  this is the important point — learning from their mistakes!

So don’t worry about doing things “perfectly” today!  You won’t no matter how much you worry or how hard you work.  Just get a few things done the best you can, learn as you go. and be thankful that our God gives us a better grade than we deserve!

In Christ,

John