unwelcome tasks

Jan 17, 2011

No unwelcome tasks become any the less unwelcome by putting them off till tomorrow. It is only when they are behind us and done, that we begin to find that there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards, and that the remembrance of unwelcome duties unhesitatingly done is welcome and pleasant. Accomplished, they are full of blessing, and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us. Undone, they stand threatening and disturbing our tranquility, and hindering our communion with God. If there be lying before you any bit of work from which you shrink, go straight up to it, and do it at once. The only way to get rid of it is to do it.
— Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910) Scottish Preacher —

Isn’t this lovely?

I need to imprint it on my forehead. Actually, I wouldn’t be able to see it there, so I should put it on my hand instead…or plaster it all over my house…or perhaps most effective, put it in my current book!

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  1. Anne

    Yes, as should we all. Wow, he understood that two centuries ago when they didn’t have all the distractions we have today. Amazing. I will try to remember this quote too. I should put it on my computer and TV. Oh well, my upstairs is clean, my lesson is almost done a week early and I’m going VT today. If I could just get that basement done!

  2. Becky

    Love love love this! And it is so true. It is such an empowering thought to think that the only difference between dread and blessing is simply to act! Hooray!!
    Thanks for sharing Trac!

  3. Absolutely love it. I live by a motto of “eat your frog first.” If you start the day by eating a raw frog (the one thing you’re dreading for the whole day), then everything after that is much, much easier. :) The Scottish minister is far more poetic about it. :)