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Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on January 28, 2016 at 3:20 PM


Productivity.... it is such a challenging word. On the one hand, we want to be able to accomplish as much a we possibly can. After all, an idle mind is the devil's workshop. Right? It would seem that we are given a relatively short amount of time to do all we can with all of our gifts so that we can bring as much glory to God as is humanly possible.

There is of course another side to this. A side that says there is value in the down time. That there needs to be a place for rest and relaxation. Did not God Himself take a day off? 

Perhaps the reason this question of productivity is such a question is because of our culture. We have moved from a culture of manual labor to one where many are engaged in sitting still while producing goods and services.  As our work has changed, our attitude has change regarding producing a particular product. I can recall my mother complaining about the push for teachers, her profession of choice, to produce certain test scores. She was certainly right about many aspects of the problem. In part because she was a teacher with over 35 years of experience and also because, well, she was my mother. There are simply some things that cannot be measured. Some work for which there is not a defined product. There is nothing tangible to produce. 

I am convinced that in an age of modern conveniences we have become so comfortable and so accustomed to work without the need for a tangible product, that we have slowly become less productive as a society. It seems like we have more holidays and more vacation time and more ways to take sick days and then we simply do not get anything done. 

Let me use another example. When I was growing up, you went to school or work with a cold. If you had a fever you stayed home. Now, if I sneeze once, someone at work is trying to send me home. Germaphobe? Perhaps? Or perhaps the idea of working through difficulties has been replaced with an attitude of working the bear minimum. The idea of "Work hard, not smart; Work smart, not hard," has created no work at all, smart or otherwise. 

I would therefore like to propose a call to work... hard work... the kind of work that causes us to be so tired at the end of the day a sleeping pill is not needed.  Work that shed pounds. Work that is above and beyond. The kind of work that pushes us and grows us and makes us stronger. 

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