Put Your Head Down

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.    Matthew 6:34

I was talking with my daughter about her hope to one day buy a house.  She likes looking at houses, but then she gets depressed, wondering if she’ll ever get there.  I told her not to worry about it.  Just start saving for your down payment and forget about houses for a while.  Save as much as you can and then take another look around in a year.  See how things look then.

I’ve been in sales most of my life.  In retail the numbers got erased every month; we started at zero.  Again.  I used to get nervous after a good month, wondering if I would do as well in this new month.  After some time, I realized I always had a good month…some better than others but none bad.

I learned to just put my head down and do the job.  Today.  After today, do it again tomorrow.  Don’t follow the numbers too closely so I don’t make myself crazy.  If I do a good job each hour, each day, by the time I lift my head and look around, everything has fallen into place.

When I got into industrial sales, the same rule worked as well there.  Checking my numbers weekly or even monthly would get me worked up instead of concentrating on just doing the job.  I resolved to not look at them but quarterly.  That turned out to be enough.  Again, outside forces aside, I always did well.  It still holds true today.

I learned to put my head down and just work.  Put my head down and not worry about tomorrow.  There is no profit in bringing in trouble from the future, especially when you consider that most of it never happens!

You can say the same about your walk in faith.  Don’t worry about forever.  Be glad that Jesus has that handled for you and live your life today.  Hold a door for someone.  Pay someone a sincere compliment.  Look for those good deeds God has prepared in advance for us to do as St. Paul wrote.

Put your head down to concentrate on today.  Keep the distractions away.  Only look up periodically to see how you’re doing, then get back to today and its problems…only!

4 thoughts on “Put Your Head Down

  1. Yes, well said, Jeff. To paraphrase Ben Franklin, “There is always a reason for worry, but seldom a good one.” I was in sales for a few years, and it was always a “carrot and stick” existence–making sales forecasts, etc. Like you, I learned to put my head down and get the job done, taking care of one customer at a time. Blessings!

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