Lace Up Your Boots and Get Back to Work
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2008 Dec 19
A good friend sent an encouraging note this week about our ministry. After writing some very kind words, he added this piece of advice:
"Ray.... just keep putting your shoes on everyday and go to work.”
None of us knows the real impact we have on the lives of others. I tell pastors who struggle with discouragement, “You’re not in a good position to judge your own effectiveness.” If you think you’re hitting a home run, better let the Lord make the call. If you think you’ve just struck out, leave that call with him also. I imagine that in heaven we’ll discover that our greatest impact happened with people we didn’t even know about.
And between now and then? Just keep putting your shoes on every day and go to work. So I picture in my mind a pair of boots--working boots--because it reminds me that if I’ve had a bad day, fine, go to bed, sleep it off, get up tomorrow, lace up my boots and get back to work.
And if I’ve had a great, incredible, red-letter day of victory upon victory, enjoy it, don’t dwell on it, go to bed, sleep it off, get up tomorrow, lace up my boots and get back to work.
That’s a wise rule to live by whether we’ve had a good day
or a bad day. Either way, we’ve got lace up our boots and get back to