Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)
23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Lately, I’ve been taking time to do the things that I enjoy. I’ve worked really heard this past year, and a much needed break was necessary. I had gotten to a place where work consumed my entire life. It became an obsession. An excuse for me not to spend time with my family and friends. When I looked at my schedule, I realized that I wasn’t being productive. I had to learn to work smarter, not harder. To serve the Lord and not my own selfish needs. I will ask you the same question that I asked myself: Are you busy or productive?
All of your work should serve a purpose.
Whether it is to nurture your family, use your gift to serve others, fulfill your destiny, or etc. When you know why you are doing something, you can become more productive. I was spending so much time helping others, that it became tiresome. I knew that my gifts were supposed to be used to help others, but I needed a why. This why helps me during those times of weariness. It helps me to remember why I am called to do this. The greatest why that I could come up with is, “This is my gift to God”.
He has given me so much, that it is only right that I use it for His glory.
Going from busy to productive is not that difficult. It will take some adjustments, but it will be well worth it. Take a little time to evaluate what’s important to you, and the destiny that God is leading you into. It’s not easy to cut tasks from your schedule or to put more time into pursuing new ventures; but it is necessary.
This about prioritizing your life and being open to all of the opportunities that God has in store for you.
If you haven’t already, learn how to delegate. You don’t have to do it all alone. There are people that are willing to help you. I’d rather do things on my own and not burden others, but this is not always possible. There are times that I won’t be able to accomplish all of my tasks and this is when I ask for help. This can be as small as having someone pickup items from the store, helping me to organize my work space, making some follow up phone calls, or etc. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask those around you. Getting help with those small tasks, will free up a lot of time; allowing you to focus on the things that require more focus.
Your time is precious.
Don’t use it doing meaningless activities. Use it doing endeavors that give you joy. Duties that serve others. This is what makes gives your life purpose. If it is not adding to your life, then it is time to reevaluate it.
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)