For me, Mondays are steeped with potential and new beginnings. As we begin this week, I wanted to share this encouragement from a pastor name John Piper. He recorded an interview called Ten Principles for Personal Productivity and it is transcribed at the link as well. The whole podcast is worth a listen but as I begin a new week at home with my children, here is what stood out to me:
Persist, persist, persist. Many chops fell a huge tree.
Man, this is so crucial because of how quickly we get discouraged after a thousand chops and the tree is not down yet.
I just finished listening to Robinson Crusoe. You might say: What in the world? Why is John Piper listening to a teenage novel? I had never heard some of these classics, so I am listening to them.Robinson Crusoe, marooned on an island, all by himself, wants to escape, and he needs a boat. Mainland is 45 miles away. There might be cannibals over there. He is not sure he wants to go, but he needs a boat.
He has got nothing else to do, so he is going to make a boat. He finds a tree. This tree is five feet, ten inches, across at the bottom. He has an axe. It takes him 22 days to chop this tree down, 14 more days to chop the branches off, a year and a half to finish the boat with an axe.
I’d chop on a tree for a day, two days. I’d say: This tree is not coming down. I am done with this tree. I am going to work on some little tree.
So there is the key. Many chops fell a big tree. Do you want to do something great? Don’t quit. Keep chopping.
- Pastor John Piper, Ten Principles for Personal Productivity
Robinson Crusoe chopped a tree for 22 days, plus another 14 to chop off branches and spent a year and a half making a boat!?
Okay, I can unload the dishwasher. I can get the laundry done. Then, I can stop what I am doing and joyfully enter into conversation with my children and then start again on another task.
What is your big tree right now? Many chops fell a big tree. Don't quit. Keep chopping. It is worth it.