Today’s entry from Thirty Days of Devotion, within the season of rest, is about the Fallacy of Productivity.
Fallacy? What? Getting things done is a good thing. Accomplishments. Little check marks on my todo list. That’s the ultimate in success to me! How can there be anything false about it? I’m sure that’s what Martha thought as well.
Today’s devotion hit me square in the face. My quiet time needs to be just that—quiet. Submitted before God. Not thinking about the next think or how long I have or what I’ve already forgotten to do or write down or discuss.
Satan uses productivity to keep us motivated to stay busy. (Tweet this!)
It’s like the stars that teachers put on homework charts. The more rewards received, the more wanted.
But this is one good thing (and don’t get me wrong, productivity IS a good thing) that is bad when there’s too much of it. God made us to work for a time and rest for a time. We are the same way spiritually. We have spiritual work to do, but we have spiritual rest that we need, feasting on Him, His strength and fellowship.
And we cannot miss that important blessing!
I’d say that I definitely lean toward the Martha side of things. I struggle to be more like Mary, but my distracted mind is always moving to the next thing. I’m still working on that balance.
Your turn: What about you? Are you Mary or Martha? You might already have found the balance, successfully spending time in Honor to the Lord with all of your mind, yet when you work, you throw yourself into it 100%. Or maybe you have trouble with both sides of this coin; you’re distracted when you try to be quiet, yet you never quite work to your fullest. (I’ve been there, too.) What is God asking of you today?
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