July 6, 2009

Thorough Work

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thorough Work… “The Israelites had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord commanded. So Moses blessed them.” Exodus 39:42

We live in an instant society. We want relationships, money and our eating experiences in an instant. In the process of making everything instantaneous we have lost something. We have lost an appreciation for thoroughness in our work and in our relationships. We take short cuts to finish on time and we sacrifice quality just to end up with an inferior outcome. Or even worse, we misrepresent the facts or out right lie to reach a goal because of the pressure we feel to produce. Thoroughness requires attention, trust and tenacity.

Whatever happened to thoroughness? The disciplines to plan ahead, provide accountability, cover the details, create a beautiful result and celebrate the success. Instead we plow ahead without proper understanding and procedures. Everyone does ‘what is right in his own eyes’ and we miss the opportunity to learn and benefit from one another. Indeed, thoroughness begins with a good example from the leader.

Moses was a thorough leader. He listened patiently to God and then delivered in detail to the team what was expected and required to accomplish the project. He understood and applied wise management of people. He understood each of their individual gifts and skills. People who take pride in their work are the most thorough when they’re competent in their area of responsibility and clear as to what’s expected. They understand what’s needed and when it is to be complete. Details and deadlines are friends of thoroughness.

Lastly, thoroughness is dependent on the needed resources and relationships to carry out the project. Don’t be afraid to be resourceful, seek out the people and information needed to carry out your job. Your thoroughness will speak volumes to your boss and to your peers. Your thorough and excellent work is the best testament to your trust in Christ. In the end you are blessed, because of the quality product or service you created. God is glorified through thoroughness and your work experiences enduring influence. What current project requires my thorough attention to detailed implementation?

Related Readings: Genesis 7:5; Exodus 23:21-22; Matthew 28:20; 2 Timothy 2:15

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