Productivity + Purpose > Laziness + Misplaced Priorities
By: Mallory Ross
I like to think of myself as a social butterfly that enjoys a nice 7 hour nap. I adore back porch conversations that go long into the night, but my body has a mind of its own and desperately needs sleep to function. Without sleep, I can magically transform from a happy-go-lucky 17 year old girl into a horrendous beast gnawing at anything that gets in my way. I’ve been told this by the many people who love me unconditionally. During my senior year of high school, I’ve discovered that sometimes compromise is necessary in order to accomplish the many items on my “to do list”. In most cases, my “compromise” becomes more of a “skip” and the Jesus department always seems to take the greatest hit.
Looking back at some of Jesus’s followers in the Bible, Peter seemed to relate to me on this. He had a heart of admiration for Christ, He was even in Gethsemane right before Jesus’ death on the Cross, but “his eyes were heavy” (Matthew 26: 43) and he fell asleep right after Jesus ordered him to keep watch and pray. Even worse, he didn’t just take a quick power nap, Jesus returned to wake him 3 different times and he was sleeping every single time. I have always viewed Peter as weak for falling asleep on Jesus whenever he needed him most. I’d like to say that I’m better than Peter and would have stayed up all throughout the night to pray for the horrendous events about to take place, but in reality I’m just like Peter. I choose sleep over Jesus more often than I’d like to admit, because I allow myself to believe the lies that the Enemy feeds me about what I need to survive instead of falling on my knees in order to receive the life giving relationship only Christ gives. The amazing part about all of this is that we serve a completely understanding and forgiving God. Jesus says in Matthew 26:41, “The spirit is willing, but the heart is weak”. He understands that we are unqualified to serve Him, but He chooses each one of us regardless.
In all reality, the only thing that we all desperately need for survival is laid out right in front of us, begging us to receive it. We are busy, which makes us weary, but we have to prioritize Jesus first. One of my church leaders reminded me that, “Time management is much less about management and much more about perspective. You will not learn to manage time until you learn to prioritize time with the Father. Jesus did this and His work gained perspective.” I love his point of view about constant obedience towards God. We should constantly be seeking Him in order to gain greater perspective, instead of giving into our frail humanity.
Verses of encouragement:
On Working Hard:
Colossians 3: 23-24
2 Thessalonians 3:10-15