A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Leadership Perspective

Probably you have read this short story before. It was about a mother and her son with the fence which has three boards broken off. “I think it is time to do some repairing,” said mother. “Why bother now, wait until it’s worth while fixing,” The son replied. “Alright, only it will mean more work in the end,” replied mother.

Many days passed and the fence had five more boards broken off. Jack then set to work with great haste but a whole day went by before the fence was again in place. After the work was finished Jack returned to the house, tired and weary from the long day’s work.”Well, mother, that time a stitch in time would have saved nine.”

You see, when it comes to leadership, pro-activeness is an essential quality. More importantly when it has to do with fixing problematic things that looks insignificant.

The mindset of insignificant: wait until it’s worth while fixing can be very dangerous to the success of a leader. Wise leaders don’t wait for problems to escalate before they take right action. The more you put forward the fixing of little insignificant problems, you give the problems strength and reduce your capacity to handle them.

“In life, it is better to tackle all problems at an early stage. Delay in finding a solution for a problem only complicates it further making it difficult to undo the knots.”

One fundamental attitude every leader must have is a quick and proactive response to issues before they get out of hand. Once you learn how to practice the habit of a stitch in time, you are going to save yourself, God’s people and the situation from many failures and damages. Let me share few among what you’ll save yourself.

  1. A stitch in time will save you a trauma of mental pain.

Do you know each time you allow a problem to linger rather than facing it headlong, you suffer mental pain. The more you allow an issue to stay, the more mental pressure it will mount on you.

2. A stitch in time will save your time.

You save more time when you handle issues of your life before they get out of hand.

3. A stitch in time will save you from harder work.

Every time we put off a little problem with the mind of coming later to solve it, we make it more harder to solve. That’s why Jesus said, “Never worry about tomorrow…sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34 emphasis mine).

4. A stitch in time will save your resources.

Certain expenses are as the result of not immediate step to address immediate seemingly insignificant challenge. We’ll learn to save our resources when we follow a stitch in time principle.

5. A stitch in time will save your relationship.

Little misunderstanding unattended to may lead to terrible damage on a relationship. A little discovery of unfaithfulness ignored may later cause serious disappointment. That’s why a stitch in time will save your relationship. No matter how small, never ignore any negative seed capable of destroying your relationship later.

I like to leave you with this scripture. Each time you want to violate the principle of a stitch in time, please remember what the scripture says: “…Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be new lump, since you are truly unleavened. For indeed Christ our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:6-7).

Henceforth, ensure you don’t allow tiny problem that can be solved easily to develop into a huge one.