Make it Happen Captain

Y’all have pet peeves?  Of course you do, we all do… but as the below definition suggests…these are generally personal annoyances. Which, by definition, makes them neither right or wrong…they just are a component of our own neurosis.

A pet peeve is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to himself, to a greater degree than others may find. A key aspect of a pet peeve is that it may well seem acceptable to others.

A couple of weeks ago I had a co-worker poke his head in my office on his way out and said “Don’t work too hard…”

I was annoyed.

Then it happened with another co-worker a couple of days ago…and I was annoyed again.

But I couldn’t nail down why I was annoyed. My first instinct was to be annoyed that OBVIOUSLY I had more work to do than them…ya ya ya.  That’s a dangerous road to travel…comparing myself to others and becoming resentful. Ain’t nobody got time for that. And besides…this is my pet peeve…this idea of not working too hard…my very own neurosis.

So what is it?  I think it has to do with

“Why Not?”

That’s right – why not work too hard?  Would you ever send your kid to school or onto a playing field and say to them “Don’t work so hard out there…”  Or would you send your kid to college and say…”take it easy, don’t work too hard”  Of course not.  We understand that great accomplishments require great time and effort.

And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.
Col 3:23-25

Now before anyone comes back with “workaholism, anxiety, etc.” or neglecting relationships and other responsibilities.  I’m not talking about that…I’m talking about a mindset, an ethic.  I’m talking about absolutely pouring yourself into something and working really hard to accomplish something important to you.  For you, it might be the job or it might be a hobby, creating a new habit, learning a new language, studying at school, creating a new life, etc. I’m talking about having a strong desire to MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN and then actually working to make it so.

B&W Trevor-2Trevor heads back to school today.  His first semester was full of trial and error. He is discovering the many painful lessons of early adulthood…like missing class is not good for your GPA. Quitting your job isn’t good for the wallet.  Goofing off isn’t how things get done. And you can bet your britches he heard about it over the break. But you know what – he already knows. He knows that he didn’t work hard.  He knows the difference between minimum effort and the thrill of a job well done…and that alone is a parenting success.

And as he heads back into the world, he’ll also hear from his parents – work hard.  Yes, by it’s very nature, it’s hard.  You’ll get beat up, you’ll be tired, frustrated, and fed up.  You’ll feel like quitting.  You must persevere. Every great accomplishment is the result of great effort.  Make it happen captain –

Some of my heroes include Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates.  These were people who had a dream, worked hard and CHANGED the world!  I just love how they made something out of nothing…they pursued dreams…they worked hard.

Mind you…in no shape or form do I consider myself at their caliber…their journey was different than mine.  I’m currently called to make a little church on the Katy prairie the best it can be…and I am pouring myself into that calling.

And I guess that’s my final thought to leave you…I hope that y’all also have something that stirs your imagination, that motivates your actions and energies, that fulfills your passion and gifts, that makes you want to work hard. Yes, by it’s very nature, it’s hard.  You’ll get beat up, you’ll be tired, frustrated, and fed up.  You’ll feel like quitting.  You must persevere. Every great accomplishment is the result of great effort.  Make it happen captain :)

xoxox – DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.

2 thoughts on “Make it Happen Captain

  1. Lisa Nelson

    Good stuff, this….and I love your profile picture :)!

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