I have a tendency towards making things harder than they have to be, much to my own detriment. The task will always get completed but sometimes it is much more tiring (physically or mentally) than it has to be. I make it too hard on myself, contrary to what Scripture teaches.
As I have said before, Scripture has some things in it that kinda make you go ‘hmmmm’ but if you think about them in general or in the context in which they were written they begin to make much more sense.
Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain. (Deu 25:4 NIV)
Well, you might think that you don’t have any ox around so what application do I get from this? The point of the above passage is not to make it impossible for the ox to work while it is working. Don’t make things harder than they have to be…
Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together. (Deu 22:10 NIV)
Again you might say, we have no ox or donkey so what application is there for me? Well, the point here is that either the ox will drag the donkey to death or the donkey will pull the ox in circles. Don’t make things harder than they have to be..
We often make it hard on ourselves to complete our work but if we would only take a few lessons from the passages above things would be much easier!
- Plan your work ahead of time.
- Determine the resources you will need.
- Determine the tools you will need.
- Determine the time it will take.
- Plan appropriate rest times for longer jobs.
Taking these 5 simple points from the above passages sure will help to keep us from making things harder than they have to be!!