I got up with good intentions. I started the day with my daily devotion and quiet time with God. I had a goal in mind and one goal only: be productive. My bar was raised high and I was about to check off a list of things I’d accomplished. The day was going to be a good one and I could feel it in my bones. I got to work and forgot my badge for the elevator. My productivity excitement level decreased, then I found it was buried in the bottom of my bag and the level of excitement increased again. My computer was on and I went on my way to being highly productive and achieving great things. The phone started to ring, e-mails came flooding in and text messages were flying back and forth. Interruptions continue like the commercials on tv. I look at the clock and it was time for lunch already. My list of things to do was staring back at me. Where was I and what had I accomplished? Not too much really but I focused on the task in front of me. Productivity is not always measured by how much I check off a list, sometimes it’s measured by how much I rely on God’s power. I start over again, get quiet, say a prayer and write Proverbs 19:21 out on a post it note, to keep going. I work with the intention to fulfill God’s purpose not with the intention to check everything off the list.
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.