What am I filling my day with? Am I productive? And what defines productivity?
Oh too many questions for this hour of the day and yet I don’t want to waste a minute of my time with non- essentials.
Typically this time of year we desire to get in shape. Not a bad thing to do. To reassess our lives both physical as well as spiritual.
When I come to this place every year, I tend to hop on the scales of physical assessment and many times fail to bring God into the mix. I get busy filling out…not literally but I mean filling my life with stuff. Stuff that will make me a healthier person, stuff that will cleanse, stuff that will give me energy.
Stuff. Stuff. Stuff. Stuffing myself with ideas, with healthy food, with new vitamins, with new books to read. Stuff. Filling stuff. That fills me out. Makes me feel good about myself. I am doing something productive for myself. And yet none of these things are bad things to do.
But the missing piece which is the very piece that breathes new life and fills me up is hearing from God.
Letting God reassess my life. Letting Him fill me up with His Holy Spirit guidance that gives credence to living a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.
I was pondering on a scripture the other day. Proverbs 15:19 which says, “The path of lazy people is overgrown with briers; the diligent walk down a smooth road.”
Now to my immediate eye, I interpret that to mean that I need to do something – be or get diligent in my day to day living in order to tear down the briers. But as I pondered upon what the writer was saying I began to look at it a different way.
Eugene Peterson explains it this way. He maintains that the busy person is the lazy person. “Being busy is doing the easy thing instead of the hard thing. It’s filling our time with our own actions instead of paying attention to God’s actions and entering into them. Consequently busy people are lazy people because they aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing.” (Subversive Spirituality – Eugene Peterson)
“We aren’t doing what we are supposed to be doing.” Wow. That statement is causing my brain to stir and my heart to stop…racing to try and figure out what in the world am I to do right now, today, tomorrow, this year.
But hear- in lies the clue. If we take the time to listen to Him, He will show us many treasures.
When Jesus is present in our lives, He is always ready to show us what to do. When we keep busy, we avoid getting to know Him, we miss His infilling, we end up trying to work out our salvation instead of listening to Him for direction. “People who don’t listen usually end up doing too much, or doing the wrong thing or doing the right thing but in the wrong way. ” (Sermon on Luke 2003 Eugene Peterson).
I don’t know about you, but my inner desire is to fill up, not get fat with new stuff.
Fill up with His directions, with His Presence and carry out His plans.