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This piece came from Chuck's website daily devotional. I commend the website and writings of this man of God & of great attitude!

date: 10/29/2007

the article: THOROUGHNESS   by Charles R. Swindoll

"I just looked up the definition of 'thorough' in my dictionary. Mr. Webster says it means 'carried through to completion, careful about detail, complete in all respects.' Somehow, I find that a convicting definition. Few indeed are those who finish what they start...and even fewer do a complete job of it when they do finish a task.

"Now I’m not referring to a neurotic fanaticism of extreme...some impractical and unbalanced preoccupation with mundane details. I’m talking about the rare but beautiful experience of carrying out a responsibility to its completion. A course at school. A project at home. An occupation. Everyday duties. There is a verse in the Bible book of Proverbs that is commonly quoted around the Swindoll house when we really finish a job the way it should be done: 'Desire realized is sweet to the soul' (Proverbs 13:19).

"When you have accomplished or thoroughly fulfilled a task, you experience a feeling of satisfaction that cannot be expressed in words. Listen to another proverb: 'The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is made fat' (Proverbs 13:4). The sluggard longingly craves, but because he is 'allergic to work', he gets nothing in return! Proverbs 20:4 makes this clear.

"So, what are you waiting for? Stop being satisfied with a half-hearted, incomplete job! Stun those around you with a thorough, finished product! AND STOP PUTTING IT OFF! As an oboe teacher of mine used to say when I would stare in disbelief at the difficulty of a piece of music, “Attack it, boy!” The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail. That is true of a delicious meal, a musical presentation, [a medical case worked up by the pathologist and diagnosed in the very best interests of the patient] a play, a clean automobile, a well-kept home, a church, our attire, a business, a lovely garden, a sermon, a teacher, a well-disciplined family. Let’s make a long-term commitment to quality control.

"Let’s move out of the thick ranks of the mediocre and join the thin ranks of excellence. I’m ready if you are. Does something need doing? Dig right in and refuse to give up until that task is done. Tighten your belt a notch and wade into that unpleasant job with renewed determination to write 'finished' over it."

A Chuck Swindoll website devotional for 10/29/07, taken by his organization from Charles R. Swindoll, Day by Day with Charles Swindoll (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2000). Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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(posted 30 October 2007)