Meeting deadlines

Everyone has deadlines. What makes the difference is how you cope with them.

Everyone has deadlines to meet. Whether from academic assignments, volunteer activities, work schedules, social obligations, or family responsibilities, there is pressure to get everything done within a certain time. The issue is not why or whether we have deadlines but rather what we do about them. The application of the truths that we learn in the study of Christian Science can make a difference.

The head of the college art department where I taught requested that I enter a city-sponsored art show due to be held in a few weeks. This was very short notice, but he felt our participation was important for community relations. Although I could see his point of view, the deadline seemed impossible when I considered the hours needed to prepare and my other obligations.

I had no time to paint until two nights before the show. There I sat with all my art supplies spread out in front of me and not a new or usable concept. I struggled for a few hours. My brush was pushing around mud colors without form or spontaneity. Obviously I needed a fresh perspective—not just for my painting but for my thinking.

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Seeing the Bible in a new light
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