David stood up and sauntered across the classroom, slumping into an unoccupied chair.
“Whatcha doin’, David?” I asked.
“I’m done. I ain’t doin’ this no more. I did enough.” I picked up his workbook and glanced over a page and a half of ACT-prep vocab exercises with correct answers.
“You did a great job on these questions. You only have half a page to go.”
“No, I don’t,” David responded. His voice was respectful, but resigned to this undeniable fact, “I did enough. I’m done.”

Often in life, we find an unpleasant task set before us, something that feels like a lot of work, something we’d rather not do. Maybe it’s filling out job applications, writing essays for school, correcting an employee, or even cleaning the bathroom again after a child’s latest accident.

Sometimes I have trouble even getting started in the first place, but more often, I find myself a page and a half into the vocab assignment thinking, I want to be done, now! I understand David’s feelings.

Luckily, God understands, too.  Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

In what area is God asking you to patiently endure? What tasks are you putting off that you need to face? As I spoke with David, I noticed a poster hanging on the classroom wall:


Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe

 Good advice. I would add, and don’t give up.

Ellen BenefieldEllen spent most of a decade as a missionary in a low-income neighborhood in Mazatlan, Mexico, Now she’s starting a new adventure in Central Illinois. God’s love and grace has guided her through all of life’s crazy ups and downs. She hopes to follow where the Holy Spirit leads and encourage others to do the same. She lives with her husband and three sons in Peoria, Illinois.