I own quite a few books about productivity and over the years I’ve tried to implement some of the best ideas. Nobody wants to be unproductive – and most of these books are designed to help us achieve more than we thought possible.
The ‘to-do’ list has been a mainstay for so long. Sometimes I’ve put something on my to-do list that I’ve already done, just to make it look slightly better. The problem with to-do list is that it can get so worryingly long that it all becomes unachievable. And this can leave us deflated and defeated. What’s the answer?
The New Testament talks about productivity too, except it calls it fruit. Just like a healthy tree is meant to produce healthy fruit, so a healthy disciple of Jesus Christ is meant to bear fruit – to be productive.
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul prays that God would “fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work…” (Colossians 1:9-10 NIV)
The problem with the to-do list is that it doesn’t help us prioritise. Someone once said that it would be a tragedy if we spent our lives being productive at all the wrong things. We need God to help us know what we should be productive in, what we should do with our lives, and with the opportunities God has given us each and every day.
As Paul prayed for wisdom, we need that wisdom too to choose our priorities wisely and well.
Question for reflection: Think about your own context. How do you choose your priorities?