The combination of the wonderful weather and a Spiritual Retreat I was on earlier this month has gotten my wife, Sarah and I back into the habit of taking walks together. (Yes we are as happy as we look:) We hike in a Conversation Area called “Heber Down” which is about a 5 minute drive from our house.
I love water and the river that runs through the area is an added bonus to our adventures.
While we haven’t seen one live yet we have seen many evidences of beavers on the property.
I am always fascinated by these animals who have the staying power to just keep chomping away because they have the goal of felling the tree. As I looked at these trees I was thinking how often we sometimes move on just before we reach our goal.
Have you been thinking about moving on lately?
- A relationship
- A class in school
- A childhood dream
Here are 3 things to do before you move on.
1) Gather friends around to help you.
In Proverbs 11:14 it says “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.”
Find some friends you can trust and those who love you enough to tell you the truth and explain the situation to them.
2) Count The Cost
Jesus in discussing the cost of being His disciple in Luke 14:28-29 says, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
As you talk over the situation with your friends you need to consider the cost of both keeping on and the cost of quitting.
3) Read this article by Michael Hyatt The Difference A Little Extra Effort Makes
Sometimes there are hard decisions to make and deciding not to continue may be the wisest of them all.
- Things may have moved beyond the ability for reconciliation.
- A class may be beyond your ability at this point.
- The dream may have to be delayed or altered.
When decisions are made based on pure emotion, in isolation without objective input and without taking the consequences into account then trouble is on the horizon.
If you decide to keep going then be like the beaver and remember they are successful because they keep take one bite at a time. If you do decide to move on then learn from the situation and always remember it’s not how you start it’s how you finish.