You are dependable. You can be counted on. If you say you’ll do something, you’ll do it. If you say you’ll be somewhere, you’ll be there. If you say you are there for someone, you are.
You are accomplished. You’ve made progress towards your goals. You’ve built something you’re proud of. You are respected. You are investing in others and you’re making a difference.
You are driven. You don’t need someone looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re doing your job. You get things done and you move the ball down the court.
So, is it a sin to be unproductive?
Our church made a big move over the last two weeks. We moved from two mobile campuses to two permanent campuses in just a few weeks. Mobile is a lot of work, so is moving! And just like any move, it means lots of hours, lots of moving parts and lots of people.
As we’ve sprinted through these weeks this question has been bouncing around in the back of my mind.
As a whole, yes, it’s wrong. The work we do in the local church is too important to be labeled as unproductive. Annual reports may feel to corporate for some, but they serve a purpose. They remind us that we HAVE TO be making progress. That we can’t stand at the gates of hell and do nothing.
But at the same time, when it comes to our day, weeks and months there is an essential time to be unproductive.
It’s called rest. It is a cornerstone to your sustainability.
I don’t think any one of us is in this only for the short game, we want to make an impact over a lifetime. And in order for you and I to do this we need rest.
Rest comes in many forms.
It comes in naps. Yes, adult mid day naps.
It comes in vacations. You knew that one though.
And it comes every few days. One day every week should be the day we turn off the productivity and refill.
A day where we watch movies with our family and friends. A day where we take a walk in the park. A day where we read a book.
One single day where we turn off the productivity engine and let it cool down for a while.
What we are doing is to important to burn out on. If you look back over the last seven days and haven’t had at least 8 hours of unproductive, non-sleeping, refilling hours it’s time to make it happen. Make it happen today or maybe tomorrow, but don’t put it off.
Question of the day:
When is the last time you were unproductive and filled the tank?
If it’s been longer than seven days it’s to long.
Its time to get unproductive.