Projects always have a critical path. Managers know that there is at least one sequence of events that must happen within certain parameters in order for the completion to be on-time, within budget, and successful. The path is not always obvious; in fact analyzing complex projects so that everyone understands the order of the key sequences is often never completed.
The exception comes with people are more concerned with process than results. Those under extreme pressure, mostly in business as well as those in a rush to be successful in life, intuitively focus on results. Those in a rush know that “careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you farther behind,” (Proverbs 21.5) however they believe that they have so much at stake that they have to get busy!
During one team training event I participated in a group exercise. Each member was totally committed to the goal. They intuitively knew exactly where their contribution could be. When the gun sounded everyone scattered, pursuing his part of the dream. In the end the team failed because they lost sight of the bigger picture. They forgot the real goal, they failed to leverage the team, and they lost sight of the critical path. We can in far closer to last than first.
What is the critical path of your life? What do you really want to achieve? Is it possible for you to do it on your own or do you need help?
Life is complex on a good day. Often I lose sight of what I could achieve and settle for something that is second-rate at best. My weaknesses and failings reinforce my awareness odds against me. Nobody seems available to help. There is no obvious critical path. It is in these moments that I catch a glimpse of God and remember his words.
I am with you always. You are my son, my daughter. You are my friend.
There is a critical path in our life. Accepting God’s offer of help is the first step on every one.