We all tend to put off doing things we either don’t want to do or we know will take a lot of energy!

I began my message on Sunday by saying, “Hello. My name is Randy and I am a procrastinator!”

I was holding a copy of my edited proposal draft, which we wrote about recently. I have been putting off making all of the corrections because I know it’s going to require a lot of time and energy. It’s not so much that I didn’t want to do it as much as I wanted to have dedicated time for it.

In my message, I said that we usually get around to doing things when it becomes urgent. Well, this project has finally become urgent. We need to mail our corrected drafts by tomorrow so that our dissertation committee will have time to read them prior to our proposal hearings in two weeks.

I used part of my day off yesterday to complete the corrections. It took about 4 hours, I believe. I still have a little work to do before printing/mailing tomorrow afternoon, but the bulk of the work is now complete. I feel much better now! 🙂

(BTW, the point of my message was that evangelism is urgent for the church: “Operatives are needed for God’s search and rescue mission!”)

Well, what kinds of things do you tend to procrastinate and put off?

Helpful resource for leaders who love to read!

In a previous post, we talked about the importance of lifelong learning. If you’re a leader, you must be a reader. If you need help knowing what to read, a great place to start is 800ceoread.

For a while, 800ceoread operated InBubbleWrap where they gave away books to random winners most weekdays. While it ran, entering the daily contest was a part of our daily routine (we got 11 free books out of it!). We hated to see it end! 😉

BTW, this post introduces a new category on our blog: Resources. The Internet is loaded with helpful resources for leaders. We’ll try to highlight some of them, occasionally.

Have Passports, Will Travel

passportsWe just received our passports so that we can travel to Korea when the time comes to pick up our child. With changes at the borders with Canada and Mexico, we were not sure how long it would take to get our passports (there had been a backlog as widely reported in the media). Thankfully, though, it only took us about two months to receive our passports.

We still don’t know exactly when we will travel to Korea to pick up our child, but we were told today by our adoption agency that it could be late winter/early spring with a referral coming (possibly/probably) by Christmas. Upon referral, we expect to travel to Korea about 3.5 months later.

We’re looking forward to our trip to Korea. The trip will also count as part of our cross cultural experience, a required part of our Doctor of Ministry program at Asbury Theological Seminary. As such, we plan to go a little early to experience the culture. We can hardly wait.