It’s All In How You Punctuate

Pause for thought

 “Never put a period where God intended a comma.”

That was a phrase made famous by the late Gracie Allen. I understand it to mean, “don’t give up because God’s always got something else in mind and He never gives up.” You know, it’s Sunday night. The weekend didn’t go anything like you intended it to go. The house is quiet and everyone else is asleep except you. Your thoughts rudely rerun all the mistakes you made, from the opening prayer to the fourth point in your sermon you completely left out. Those kind of weekends will come and go. It’s natural. In those cases, don’t put a period there. Allow God to continue His work in you. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

“Never put a comma where God intended a period.”

This is my twist on Gracie’s famous quote. There are times when it’s quite appropriate to call it quits on something that’s not working. That’s the hard part about personal growth. Dr. Henry Cloud, in his excellent book, Necessary Endings, says this:

“Getting to the next level always requires ending something, leaving it behind, and moving on. Growth demands that we move on. Without the ability to end things, people stay stuck, never becoming who they are meant to be, never accomplishing all that their talents and abilities should afford them.”

In summary – when it’s a bad day, let it be just that – a bad day. When it’s time to move on for the sake of personal growth, call it quits and climb to the next level.

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