12 July 2017
Project Life Cycle ~ The Critical Path
Greetings Dear Reader,
In every project there is a critical path. The critical path is “the sequence of stages determining the minimum time needed for an operation, especially when analyzed on a computer for a large organization.” This is an aspect of the project that must be followed if the project is to be successful.
The critical path can change if requirements are added or work turns out to be harder or easier. The critical path defines what must be done. It defines what has to be accomplished. It is, well, critical.
In life we make things critical that are not. In life we make things unimportant that are critical. We neglect the critical path and then wonder why life fails. Marriages, child rearing, and careers all have critical paths. Even these, however, are not the core path.
You know, Dear Reader, that I believe we are all on a journey back to God. We are all in need of him. There is a critical path to this journey. Jesus said that it is a narrow path. When asked what the critical path was he always included three things.
The first is that it is faith. Faith is necessary because the path is only accessible through it. So many people try to hang deeds that merit God’s favor on the critical path. We cannot earn God’s favor. We already have it. We already have the love and compassion of the Father.
We have two other items that are the critical path. When asked what the critical path was Jesus made it very clear. We are to love God unconditionally with all that we are. We are to unconditionally love our neighbors. Everything else in the project hangs on these two things.
I have lost friends because I insisted that this is love. It is not just respect. It is not just acknowledging. It is unconditional permanent love. We need to follow this path or we turn Christ into something that he is not. The journey; the project is impossible without it.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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