Marietta — The EvE methodology is something I developed myself during a difficult and challenging project implementation for a large technology firm with a fast-growing Internet startup customer with huge hurdles to overcome.
I coined it, “Effort versus Effectiveness,” or EvE because we had over 100 tasks to accomplish in less than 48 hours! So I had the teams list the highest priority items in groups of ten. Then we took the TOP 10 and accomplished the top three first, then reshuffled the remaining seven until we were done, then moved on to the next ten items. We got it done on time and under budget. Have you heard the age-old rhetorical question, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is: “One bite at a time.” If you feel overwhelmed by lots of tasks and not enough time to complete everything, try the EvE method: Prioritize, Reshuffle, “Do It” and Move On to the next task list.
I saw this cartoon earlier this week and, despite its simplicity, it truly spoke to me. As Christians, we need to remember that the Bible is our predominant tool in life. Can God speak to us in ways outside the Bible? Sure! However, the Bible is His foundation for us. The Bible is essentially our starting point, our “go-to” solution when we feel lost.
Do not fret if you have ever found yourself aimlessly turning through pages of the Bible not knowing where to start. It is okay if you have ever closed your Bible and still felt unmoved or not spoken to.
We have all been there. Just don’t give up, and know that God sees you trying and His promises will not fail!
On a similar note, when you feel like you do not know where to start, I recommend always going back to the book of John. It may be repetitive, but it is a wonderful starting point for everybody to truly understand God’s love for us.
I hope you are blessed by this posting, and never forget to love one another everyday!
One of my favorite life mantras has always been “Always be kinder than necessary. Everyone is fighting some sort of battle”.
This is a great secular statement, but does it correlate with the Bible? I have great news for you: for once, an awesome expression actually does align up with the Bible! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, this one’s got God written all over it. Let’s see what the Bible says about kindness:
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”. Ephesians 4:32
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great” Luke 6:35
In short, we all know that people who are unkind to us are the ones who need Christ the most. We become true mature Christians, once we have had the time to regroup and sympathize with the person’s pain.
It still doesn’t make the action okay, and the offender might not warrant a spot back in your life, but are we remembering to pray for this person, too?
Who can you forgive today?