AFFIRMATION (My productivity)—I shall match my daily expectations to a Jesus-pleasing pace.
There is a huge difference between being directed and driven. While Jesus was passionate about preaching the Gospel and remained laser-focused on this mission, he was never driven. You never observe Jesus frantically rushing, trying to get everything done before sundown. You never see Jesus worrying that others were getting ahead of him or doing more than him.
Instead, day by day, we see Jesus going about his mission as he was (catch this) directed by the Father. (John 5:19-20, 30; 8:28-29)
Jesus himself summed it up this way: “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
Over the years I must confess that that has not always been my testimony. Matter of fact, if we are confessing here, I must admit that this issue of being directed vs. driven has been a life-long struggle.
However, I have come to recognize that there is one clear “dashboard” indicator that monitors whether I am in the most most-productive zone of being directed and out of the red zone of being driven.
That single most important indicator is: the quality of my own devotional life.
When I find myself so busy that my devotional life is rushed, shortened, or neglected I know I am driven—living life in my own strength and for my own agenda.
When my devotional life is regular, thoughtful and unrushed I know I am living a directed life—living life at the pace of my Lord.
It’s that simple. Monitoring this one thing keeps me on track.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? I mean, how can you be directed if you do not spend time with the Director?
- The ONE THING for today: The single most important thing you can do today (and everyday) to live a sustainable, meaningful, and truly successful life is to spend quality, unrushed time with God—learning, listening, and being directed.
Mark 1:35 (NKJV)
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.