Productivity and Purpose, according to Tim Challies

Challies, Tim. Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity. Challies, 2015. Kindle file

Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God. Productivity calls you to direct your whole life at this great goal of bringing glory to God by doing good for others.- page 16

Your purpose: to glorify God by doing good to others. There is no better plan and no higher ideal. - page 18
 

A Productivity Catechism, by Tim Challies

From: Challies, T. (2015). Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity
Know Your Purpose
A Productivity Catechism An understanding of productivity needs to begin with an understanding of the reason you exist. Productivity is not what will bring purpose to your life, but what will enable you to excel in living out your existing purpose.

I am going to lead you through a brief Productivity Catechism, a series of questions and answers. Only when you understand these foundational matters about your God-given purpose and mission will you be ready to get to work. 

Q1. Ultimately, why did God create you? 
A. God created me to bring glory to him.

Q2. How can you glorify God in your day-to-day life? 
A. I can glorify God in my day-to-day life by doing good works.

Q3. What are good works?
 A. Good works are deeds done for the glory of God and the benefit of other people.Good works, then, are any and all of those deeds you do for the benefit of others.
Q4. But you are a sinful person. Can you actually do good works? 
A. Yes. Christians are able to do good works because of the finished work of Christ.

Q5. In what areas of life should you emphasize good works? 
A. I ought to emphasize good works at all times and in all areas of life.

Q6. What is productivity? 
A. Productivity is effectively stewarding my gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God

What does it mean to glorify God? - Matt Perman

....To glorify God means to give him weight. To give him ultimate significance and centrality in your life and actions.

In other words, to glorify God means to act in ways that show he matters most in each decision you make. It is to have ultimate regard for him in all that you do, coming from love for him.


https://www.whatsbestnext.com/2018/03/mean-glorify-god/

Get Tougher, by Jock Willink

When people think of the words "mind control," they think of people controlling the minds of other people.

Not me. I think about controlling my own mind.

I control it.

How do I do something? DO IT!

How do I get up earlier? GET UP EARLIER!

How do I stop eating sugar? STOP EATING SUGAR!!

How do I work out every day? WORK OUT EVERYDAY!!

It's all about controlling my mind.

It's all about being tougher.

How do I get tougher? BE TOUGHER!!!

I have to have control over my mind. I have to assert it.

I have to decide that I am going to be in control, that I am gone Ng to do what I want to do.

Weakness doesn't get a vote. Laziness doesn't get a vote. Sadness doesn't get a vote. Frustration doesn't get a vote.

Negativity-doesn't-get-a-vote."

- Jock Willink

“Whining and bitching about traffic, weather and slow computer? STOP WHINING AND BITCHING

Traffic a problem? LEAVE EARLIER 

Don’t like the cold weather? MOVE FARTHER SOUTH. 

Weather too hot? MOVE NORTH 

Computer or internet slow? BUY A MORE POWERFUL COMPUTER or GET MORE BAND-WIDTH.

Take ownership of your life.

Someone didn't do something they were supposed to do for you? TAKE OWNERSHIP, LOOK INSIDE YOU. WHAT WORDS WERE YOU SAYING TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS?

STOP LOOKING FOR WAYS TO BE OFFENDED"

- Danny L. Smith

Entrepreneurs of Life, by Os Guinness

As Entrepreneurs of Life, we respond to the call of our great Creator,
By seeing all life as an enterprise transformed by his call to “Follow Me.”
We therefore count the cost, consider the risks,
And set out on each day as a venture to multiply our gifts and opportunities
In order to bring glory to God and add value to this world.
In so living, we find the fullest meaning of our lives in answering the call,
We seek our identity solely in our naming by the Caller,
We pursue excellence defined as “My utmost for the His highest,”
We count our deepest companionship among our fellow-followers of the Way,
We look for final approval only from one audience – the Audience of One,
We break down every false barrier between eh sacred and the secular, weaving all life into a seamless
web of faith and love in action,
And we work for no other accomplishment or legacy than the Caller’s own “Well done,”
The menial and humdrum we elevate because of the one for whom it’s ultimately done,
The dangerous and sacrificial we bear as the privilege of high calling,
The siren sounds of ease, success and popularity we shun for a trusthworthier voice,
And the temptations of conceit coming from being so chosen we answer with a gratitude humbled by
graced because we have been chosen at all.
Thus we are fully engaged in the world on realistic terms, but empowered by vision and energies from a world that is unseen but even more real and realistic.
In all things, and in all the vicissitudes and seasons of life,
We know that, primarily, we are called not to somewhere or something but to Someone,
That there is no true calling without the Caller,          
That calling is not only being who we are but becoming what we are to be,
That no self-made goal can ever rival the Ultimate Why of the mystery of the Creator’s purpose for
each of us as his creatures,
That we will never rise higher than when we follow the call not knowing where the path may lead –
so long as the Caller is God,
And that while we may lose our jobs and our health, or retire from a career, we will never retire from our calling – until that Final Call, which is death, leads each of us to the climax and consummation
of all calling.
For on that day, for the first time, we will not need to listen only a word; we will see the Caller face to face and find ourselves in our Father’s home forever.
In the meantime that is our journey until our life’s last day, the passion of our lives is to go further, higher, deeper, always closer to the One who called us once and calls us still – to Himself, and to all the joys that knowing him can mean.
– Os Guinness

Productive and Creative

Matt Perman points out in his book "What's Best Next" that

- God wants us to be productive 
- God created us to be creative


Thoughts led to to 'Water From a Deep Well'

I enjoy where my journaling leads me. This morning it was to Gerald Sittzers' book Water From A Deep Well.  

These are Sittzers' words....


Introduction 


Page 18: Every generation of believers faces the risk of becoming a prisoner to its own myopic vision of the Christian faith, assuming that how it understands and practices faith is always the best. C.S. Lewis cited this problem as a reason for reading old books. "None of us," he wrote, "can fully escape this blindness, but we shall certainly increase it, and weaken our guard against it, if we read only modern books," for modern books (as well as the ideas and practices they convey) only tell us what we already know and thus reinforce our blind spots and prejudices.

History will show us that there is more to the Christian faith than what we think and have experienced.

Page 20: Augustine once wrote that the only way to understand something is to love it first, that is, to study it with sympathy, patience and appreciation.

Page 23: The purpose of this book, after all, is to explore the diversity of Christian spirituality. Still, however diverse these various traditions are, there is an underlying truth that unites them. From the apostolic age to the present, the vast majority of Christians have believed that God has revealed himself in Jesus Christ, that Jesus Christ is both divine and human, and that God is therefore one in community. My goal is to explore how these various spiritual traditions - ascetic, monastic, sacramental, evangelical and the like - reveal who God is, how we can know him intimately, and what we can become in and through him.

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Back to me, Danny. 

Good stuff!! Reading these 9 year old notes is a great reflection. I can see how it's shaped some of my thoughts today. 

My coach, Dave Moore, assigned this book. I listened this morning to Matt Perman talk about roles and routines (in What's Best Next) and that shaped thoughts for my journaling which led to looking for another book Moore assigned to me about routines. 

That search led to Sittzers. 

It's a journey!

Has God Given You A Vision? by Tim Hetzner

Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. Habakkuk 2:2

When God gives you a vision for your life, write it down, keep it before you at all times and run with it. You say, ‘But I see no way for it to come to pass.’ The Bible says, ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time ... wait for it; because it will surely come’ (v. 3). You may not know how to get from where you are right now to where the vision will ultimately take you - but God does. So ask Him to reveal the next step to you. Whether you’re in prison like Joseph, in a soup kitchen in the inner city, or at home taking care of small children, God will fulfil the vision He placed in your heart. The more you see yourself leading in the boardroom, launching your own business, serving in ministry, writing your first book, or helping others through your gifts, the sooner it’ll become a reality. Before a vision becomes clear, God gives us glimpses of it - like a picture developing from a soft hue into sharp resolution. So take your vision and run with it. Let it motivate you to perform to the best of your ability in your present position, while staying in communication with the One who knows and loves you best. Today pray ...

Prayer

Lord, I know that where I am right now, isn’t where You’re taking me. Give me glimpses of Your vision for my future, so that my understanding may grow in accordance with Your timing. Give me patience along the way and faith to trust that You’re always working for my good. Amen.

The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church


5 Productivity Questions to Ask Yourself Each Morning



I spend a bit of time of time each morning praying, journaling  and thinking into my day; how do I want it to go, what are my intentions and goals for the day, and I ask myself a few questions.

A training call I was on this week gave me a new way to look into my productivity. In the spirit of "What's Best Next" (the book), here are some questions I've started asking myself -

1. Where is my time being best invested?

2. Where is my time being mostly wasted?

3. What do I need to spend more time doing?

4. What do I need to spend less time doing?

5. If I invested my time more wisely, what would it mean to me?

Thanks to Caliber Home Loans for the training and www.DougSmithOnline.com for the information.