Feel Like You’re Not Getting Enough Done?

Feeling like you’re not getting it all done isn’t a sign of failure. It often means what you’re called to right now isn’t productivity or a project, not a to-do list or a goal–you are called to people.

The kind with hearts that break and knees that get skinned, who need to be tucked into bed or have a report on their desk by the end of the day, who live in your house and eat toast at your kitchen table, or who you only see through the screen of your phone because they’re half a world away.

When I look at the life of Jesus, I see so many interruptions and distractions. Humans asking questions, wanting attention, making requests, bringing their hurt and longings into the path of someone who had a lot to do. But Jesus doesn’t seem to view any of this as a distraction. His responses reveal, “This is why I’m here.”

Sometimes the days when you feel like you didn’t get enough done turn out to be the most important ones.

The God who spoke the world into being, who scattered stars into place, who made pink flamingos and the creatures who live in the deep, has no trouble getting things done. All he needs to say is, “Let there be…” and it is so. This means he is not interested in how much we can get done for him; he is inviting us instead to love.

Love is inefficient. It’s messy and complicated. It doesn’t give us the satisfaction of a gold star. It’s impossible to measure. Invisible. So it’s easy to think that when we spend our days loving, we are not being productive enough. We can’t point to what we’ve accomplished and say, “Look at what I did today.”

If that is the place you’re in right now, then shake the “I’m not productive enough” guilt from your shoulders. You are doing worthy things. The most important ones. You are trying to show up for the people in your life (including you). You are giving, serving, persevering. You are living as Jesus did.

In this season, perhaps you are not called to projects.
You are not called to productivity.
You are called to people.
This is not less-than, it is the highest work.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39, NLT

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About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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