Here’s a quote from a guy who underestimated a job:
“I guess we’ll get through with them in a day.”‘ (General George Custer at Little Big Horn, 1876)
As you know, Custer and his men were annihilated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, with 268 men killed and 68 wounded.
I was reading this morning in Luke 14:31 about a hypothetical king who might hypothetically go to war against another king and how important it is for him to consider whether he is able with 10,000 men to oppose the one coming against him with 20,000 men.
Just a reminder, for all of the busy people who read this blog every day: Sometimes underestimating a job doesn’t end well.
Here are some things we can do to keep from underestimating jobs:
1) Ask a lot of questions.
2) Take a few deep breaths before jumping in.
3) Check your motives. Are you doing it because you feel called or are you accepting the job for some prideful reason?
4) Pray and ask God to give you peace and direction about whether, or not, to accept the job.
5) Before accepting the job, take some time and count the cost by weighing the pros and cons.
6) If married, talk to your spouse before accepting the new job–especially if your spouse is going to be directly impacted.
7) Ask a few more questions. 🙂