The laundry is still unfolded, the emails unanswered, the to-do list undone. I sigh and ask, “Have I been productive at all today?”
Anxiety and accusations are the only response. So I pray, “God, what lie am I believing? And what’s the truth that replaces it?” This is a new habit I’m practicing. It’s uncomfortable and hard.
Yet in that quiet moment it seems my heart hears a reassuring whisper . . .
Life isn’t about being productive. It’s about being purposeful.
I’ve often believed the lie that God’s first priority is what I can produce. But I’m learning that just because something doesn’t have tangible results, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have eternal impact.
I’m no longer going to ask myself, “Have I been productive today?” Instead I’m going to ask, “Have I been purposeful?” To me that simply means living in love. Sometimes love looks like laundry and answering emails and checking off what’s on my list. Those are good and worthy things. But often it looks like the exact opposite, like we’ve done “nothing” at all. And that’s okay too.
Our work doesn’t determine our worth. Our accomplishments don’t earn us God’s acceptance. Our value isn’t validated by our hustle. We are already and always loved.
Whew. I needed to remember that today. You too?
God, You value each one of us the same. We matter not because of how much money we have, how many people know our name, how many years of education we’ve completed, but because You are our Maker. Whatever seems big in the eyes of this world is still small to You, and whatever is small in our lives is still big to You because You love us. Help us to rest in the truth that we have nothing to prove. Amen.
So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31
Cheering You On,
MORE FOR YOU
- Today’s post is part of the free series, Summer for Your Soul: 10 Truths to Strengthen Your Heart and Brighten Your Day. You can read all the posts here.
- Messed up? We’ve all been there, and the good news is God is there with us too. Nothing you can say or do will ever make Him give up on you. Listen to this week’s episode of More than Small Talk for encouragement!
- Only a little longer to make this the summer you finally start writing the words God has put in your heart. My online course, Be a Kick-Butt Writer by Friday, will help (and there’s a summer special).