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Why Are Our “BUTs” So Big?

Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team. — John C. Maxwell

Some have perceived me as a “want to be perfectionist, stuck up and difficult to work with” because of my nature and nurture, not only growing up, but throughout my adulthood being taught by professors, supervisors, spiritual mothers and mentors.

The problem some people seem to have with me is my serious nature of getting things done decently, orderly and timely. I once worked on the worse “team” project in my life several years ago. The assigned topic was great, the lack of team effort was bad.

We had three months to complete the training and prepare our presentation. So, I did not like hearing big BUTs excuses when others were unable, or unwilling, to attend scheduled meetings or complete their part of the assignment. After I completed 90% of the assignment and made the presentation, we all received same awards.

I am not a perfectionist; it is just hard for me to function when things are disorderly or when things are not done timely. God wants everything done decently and orderly (1 Corinthians 14:40).

What if God said on the Judgement Day that our BUTs are too big to enter into the gates of Heaven? I am thankful we will not all get the same reward, BUT our just reward not based on our works alone.


Versatile Christian Blogger (Spiritual, Black History, Music, Nature, Miscellaneous). Wife of Minister F. D. Woods, mother of 3 young adults, grandmother of two granddaughters, one grandson. Lord willing, retiring on December 30, 2023, after 37 years on the job.

6 thoughts on “Why Are Our “BUTs” So Big?

  1. I had a similar experience in college during my first semester. Not knowing anyone and already put into groups, I was already out of my comfort zone. Seeing how things were going, looked as if I was going solo for the lack of commitment on the other end. I learned from a young age I was better off doing things on my own rather than depending on and trusting to do their part. That was (and can still be) a stressor for me. Thank you for sharing and I love the catchy title!!

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    1. Julie, thank you so much for sharing your experience. I totally agree with better off doing things on your own than depending on others to do their part. Have a great day/night.

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  2. Great article. I will always remember to pay attention to the rxcuses of the BUT’S, and make sure my BUT’S don’t interfere with getting a job done in a timely manner.

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