I Need To Stop Evaluating Everything All The Time

Somebody asked if there is anything I’m working on that I enjoy completely and don’t feel compelled to analyze and critique and dissect. He observed the weirdness of writing tortured blog posts about VBS, for example, while working on VBS.

The short answer is no. If I’m working on it, I’m picking it apart, doubting it, and looking for ways to improve it.

The shortcoming there of course is that constant real time analysis is a convenient escape from the demands of whatever it is we’re working on, especially if what we’re working on isn’t going all that well. If only two teens are showing up for youth group, it’s comforting to mentally shift into analytical gear instead of engaging, 100 percent, with the less-than-amazing project you actually have.

Let’s evaluate our work and ask the hard questions in order to make it more effective. But let’s not jump to evaluation before the work is done. Maybe we can only do one thing at a time.