Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wish Bones, Jaw Bones, Back Bones

Have you ever noticed that when a job is to be done, people fall into three different groups? The first group stands on the sideline and gawks. The second group holds lengthy discussions about how the task should be done. The third group just does it.

I've heard it said that people are like bones. The "wish bones" sit around and hope things will get better. The "jaw bones" gripe about how rotten things are and wonder why somebody doesn't do something. The "back bones" roll up their sleeves, and go to work. Why just sit there when you can make the situation better? I'm sure you've seen 'em all - at work, at school, at church, at home. Every organization has its share of "jaw bones", "wish bones", and "back bones". Which type are you? 

Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, "Whatever you find to do - do it with all your might!" In other words, be a "back bone!" Be a person who gets things done! All this requires is a bit of self- discipline and enthusiasm. If you determine to be a "doer" instead of just a "talker" or "wisher", you will be amazed at the things you accomplish. You may not feel like getting the job done - do it anyway! You may have plenty of good excuses - do it anyway! You may have tried once and failed - do it anyway! The task may seem almost impossible -- do it anyway! Refuse to give up! 

As you become a "doer", you will notice a dramatic increase in your energy and productivity. You will accomplish more at work and home. You will find yourself achieving more than you ever have before. A commitment to action means a commitment to life. You can't merely exist if you're going to be a "doer". To get the most out of life, you have to make something happen. Don't expect others to carry you or to open up your doors. You have to do something about it yourself. 

The poet, Grantland Rice, captured this thought with the following words of inspiration: "For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He writes - not that you won or lost - but how you played the game".

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