How would you define productivity? Most of us base it on how much we accomplished for the day or how many sales we made. Tim Challies, author of Do More Better, challenges us as Christians with a meaning defined by a higher calling:
Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.
Wow. Read it again. Let it sink in. Productivity is making the most of all God has given us for His glory and to serve others.
He shares three productivity thieves:
-A combination of thorns and thistles (challenges that come from outside ourselves)
The reader is asked to define their areas of responsibilities and he gives three tools he uses to maximize his productivity:
He then walks us through the three tools and how to use them.
His motto is: A home for everything, and like goes with like.
Using Philippians 2:4-8 we learn that a productive life is a life in service to others. He also adds an element of “surprise.” What can we do to surprise someone within the roles we are responsible for? How can we be an unexpected blessing?
Do More Better has changed my perspective on my to do lists and weekly goals. It’s not about how much I can accomplish but WHO I am accomplishing things for. I look forward to a more productive 2016 for His glory.
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