I was in the scissor lift 30 feet in the air, painting stripes on the ceiling of a new casino. I had to get the stripes painted in between two beams and there was one small space that was hard to reach. I hesitated. I could just barely see it well enough and if I stretched out from the lift, I could do it. But…

I thought maybe I could get a better chance at it from the other side of the column. Bad decision. I moved the lift around the column and got as close as I could, went up the 30 feet and I couldn’t reach that one little spot. Sh……!

You guessed it. I had to go back down, drive the lift around to where I was before, maneuver it into the tight opening without hitting the column, go back up the 30 feet, stretch out over the edge of the railing and paint stripes on a patch of ceiling that was no bigger than 6 inches by 6 inches!


That experience made a lasting impression and the video runs in my head whenever I am in a similar situation, in my painting and other categories of life.

 If you can see it and think you can reach it, DO IT NOW! It may be a challenge, but definitely worth it. It’s not fun to go backwards and waste time trying to do something you could have done the first time. And besides that, if we hesitate and balk at opportunities in life, they may never come around for us again.

Ephesians 5:15-16 says: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” The word “circumspectly” comes from the Greek word which means “exactly, diligently, perfectly.” We haven’t got time to go backwards and do things over again. We want to take full advantage and do what the Lord presents to us RIGHT NOW!

Love, Carolyn

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