I am quitting. At least, I feel like I am. Or am I?
Truth is, there is so much that I feel compelled to produce, and there’s just not time to do it all.
Edify Hub’s missionary website builder still needs attention to make it ready to be widely used. That means more than just getting the software developed. Besides smoothing out some rough edges on the system itself, I also need to create lots more how-to videos, a support section, and a knowledge base.
I’m feeling exhausted just thinking about it.
At the same time, I’ve had a regular schedule that looked something like this each month:
- 1st Saturday: Podcast Episode
- 2nd Saturday: Blog Post – Steve
- 3rd Saturday: Video Tip
- 4th Saturday: Blog Post – Lana
Three of those four productions don’t make any progress against Edify Hub’s current focus.
Every time you say “Yes” to something, you are saying “No” to something else.
One statement I have been hearing a lot lately is the truth that every time you say “Yes” to something, you say “No” to something else. Many people say “No” by accident – often to things that are more important than the things they say “Yes” to!
Most effective people consciously choose to say “No” – even to good things – so that they have the freedom to say “Yes” to things that are more important.
And now, it’s time for me to say “No” – at least for a while – to most of those productions.
For probably the rest of 2015, my focus is going to be on articles and video tips that are specific to helping missionaries customize their ministry websites. There won’t necessarily be a standard schedule around what week is a video and which week is an article.
And podcast episodes are going into hibernation until some time in 2016.
So Am I Quitting?
When you’re ready for an activity or an investment to end, how do you know when you’re making a wise choice and when you’re being a quitter?
I regularly remember counsel from my friend Andy Bonikowsky, a missionary in Spain. More than once he has cautioned that I should not get too enamored with whatever ideas hit me first, but that I should be prepared for my plans to change over time.
That feels like good advice. But when you’re ready for an activity or an investment to end, how do you know when you’re making a wise choice and when you’re being a quitter?
Here are a seven questions to consider when you want to quit:
- Am I reacting to negative feedback from others? Worthwhile plans attract nay-sayers. Remember that the perfect Man received the most negative feedback of all – crucifixion.
- Am I feeling unable to perform the task? Paul discovered that it was only through his weakness that he could tap into the strength of God to accomplish his mission.
- Am I discouraged with the outcome? God is always doing more than we see. Chased by Jezebel, and begging for death, Elijah had no idea that God had 7,000 who hadn’t bowed to Baal.
- Am I fearful of the risks involved? For centuries, Christians have faced serious persecution and even death to serve God. Fear of risk is not from God (2 Timothy 1:7).
- Am I making room because I’m saying yes to something more important? Sometimes this is a good reason. David had to step away from the care of sheep in order to fight Goliath.
- Am I responding to an explicit direction from God? Through Nathan the prophet, God commanded David not to build His temple. When Paul considered Asia and tried to visit Bithynia with the gospel, the Holy Spirit stopped him in his tracks.
- Am I discovering that the activity is harmful or even sinful? Scripture is clear that we are to “put off” the behavior of the old man. I certainly wouldn’t look down on someone for – oh, say quitting smoking or some other addiction.
I guess I don’t care so much whether my change of plans is considered “quitting.”
I’m making room for something more important.
Are you ready to stop something you’ve been doing for a while? Ask yourself these six questions.
Figure out whether it’s really time to quit.