by Joanne Leitschuh
Sometimes I cannot believe the amount of precision needed in the office. Over the years, I have seen how crucial it is to get things right the first time. Whether it is a statistical report, a detailed price-list or computer entries, accuracy in these tasks makes an office run so much smoother.
When I discover mistakes in my work, the first excuse that comes to mind is, "I didn't have enough time to do it properly." This makes me question the attitude in which I am approaching my work. I should ask myself, "Is this project important?" If it is, I need to set aside the necessary time to attend to it. Can I arrange for the project to be completed when I know there will be few interruptions? Can I develop a method for double-checking my work? In other words, do I have a procedure that allows the greatest possibility of success?
There are practical methods of organizing the vast amount of data that computers can give us. With so much high technology and information surrounding us, it seems increasingly vital that our human intellect doesn't get pushed to the side. With careful consideration, we can incorporate this data while setting a steady pace to our days. This prevents us from busily checking tasks off our lists just to get them DONE. Oddly enough, attention and care to detail saves time. The secret is to discern which details need the attention!
When I am producing a complicated project, I often think of the fore-thought and precise work applied to the projects that God commanded in the Old Testament. The intricate details pertaining to the construction of the tabernacle and the temple involved specific materials and measurements. Even the particular instructions for offerings and special feast days were direct and explicit. All these required skill, care and obedience. I know that God is pleased when I carefully apply the skill that He has given me to my work with an obedient heart.
I would rather complete ONE accurate and useful report than FIVE erroneous reports that create only confusion. When I look back on the "produce of my labour," I do not want to cringe when seeing reports that contain errors. My desire at the end of each day would be that my Father could readily say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
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