How Do You Eat an Elephant?

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Sometimes we come to a place where we look at a project or a goal or an assignment and think that it seems a little too much — perhaps impossible. It’s tempting to give up before even trying. You may be like Scarlett and decide to tackle it tomorrow…and tomorrow never comes. Maybe the sky will fall before the deadline, and then it won’t be an issue. One can always hope, right?

Just like it is impossible to swallow an elephant whole, we can’t tackle big things overnight. BUT — it can be done over time in pieces.

  • Break it down. What are the “bite-sized” parts of the whole project? What are little goals that will get you to the big goal? Making an action plan doesn’t just map a path to the end, it also helps break the big into lots of littles.Once you know the little pieces, you can simply look at the one step you need to take, just like chewing one bite. It works.
  • Start somewhere. I use this trick for myself a lot. Just taking one step toward the goal can break the cloud of feeling overwhelmed. That step in the right direction creates a tiny bit of momentum that puts you on the right track, even though it’s at the very beginning of that track. Now you’re ready to keep going!
  • Stick to it. It’s so tempting to want the easy solution, but there isn’t always a quick fix. Sometimes we simply need to keep chewing.If you know the path, know the steps, know you are on the right track, keep walking. It may be a long walk, but your faithfulness and hard work will pay off.

Bon appetit!

Where is Your True Worth Found?

When you look at your to-do list for the day, how do you feel? Are the tasks opportunities to serve or overwhelming objects of dread?

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.” — Genesis 1:27

Please let this be a reminder to you: Your to-do list is not the way you earn value. God is infinitely worthy, and His image in you, His creation, gives you value in His sight. In addition, as a child of God, you are a glorious new creation in Christ (Ephesians 4:24). What a treasure!

This value is already set. Your search for significance has already been answered. Because of this, you have both the privilege and responsibility to show God’s worth and character in every part of life.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” — I John 3:1

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth put it this way:

Human dignity and value and worth is not based on what we can produce, or our achievements, or our IQ, or our abilities, or our earning power, or our physical abilities or disability, or how we measure up to others. Our dignity, worth, and value is based on the fact that we were created in the image of God. … You were created to reflect the image of God.

To devalue or harm human life is to devalue God. …We are the apple of His eye.

Since you do not need to prove your worth today, just enjoy the gracious gift of life, you can look at all your “things to do” as ways to love God, to show His value, not prove your worth. Shake off that oppressive weight and walk in what you have been made to be.

Each task on your to-do list is a chance to reflect your status as one called by God to show His love in many ways. Your responsibilities allow you to give glory to God as you diligently work. Your acts of service — no matter how small — are ways you love your neighbor and fulfill the second greatest commandment.

Walk confidently in this grace today, my friends.