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Gumption, With Thanks

I'd like to thank my colleagues in ministry Rosemari and Nina and Jim and Julie and Michael and Terri for stepping up this past Sunday, which allowed me to take a few days off for what I'd call -- pick your metaphor -- a "relief cut Sunday" or time to "Restock the Over-fished Pond." 

The term "relief cut" comes from carpentry. It's a little trick woodworkers employ when using a band saw to make a curved cut in a piece of wood.  (Not that I'm a carpenter, but I'll take a good metaphor anywhere I can.) 

Relief cuts are preliminary cuts made in a piece of wood to keep a saw from binding. If you're really curious, here's a You-Tube video from the Woodworkers Guild of America. but all you really need to know is that "a relief cut is a great pre-emptive move to make if you're not quite sure your blade can make the radius." 

So in the world of work, a relief cut is called for when you feel you've been pushing hard and a…