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LIES WE BELIEVE (5)

This is the last post in our series about lies we believe.

The lie we are going to look at today originated with Satan, but we've taken it and perfected it. It is something we constantly hear in the workplace, and it has even spilt over into our lives at home.

What lie am I talking about? This one: productivity is all that matters.

While it certainly is part of God's plan for each of us to work - be that at home or somewhere outside the home - our worth and identity aren't wrapped up in our productivity.

We make lists and set goals (I do this myself), and it is good. Failing to plan is planning to fail, but our to-do lists and goals shouldn't be the be all and end all of our lives.

When productivity becomes the most important thing to us, we often begin to neglect our relationships. 

We stop playing with the kids because we see it as a waste of time. 

We don't prepare dinner anymore but buy take out all the time, because there is more 'important' stuff to do. We eat on the run, and never sit at the table as a family and just chat to one another. 

Spending time with our spouse asking about his or her day fall by the wayside when we are constantly running from one thing to the next. 

And the biggest mistake we make when we see certain things as time wasters and not very productive? We stop spending time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer. It is true that you might not always get a lot out of your reading, but God can and will use it at some point in your life. It is seed you sow, and seed needs time to grow and mature. 

I truly believe relationships are more important to the Lord than productivity.

And no, I am not saying you don't ever have to be productive anymore, but learn to put relationships before productivity.

When life happens, and something on your to-do list doesn't get done, don't see it as practically the end of the world. Enjoy being with God and with people. Enjoy their company and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Someone once said he never heard a dying man regret not having worked enough. But dying people do regret not spending enough time with their loved ones.

Don't allow the devil to lie to you about this any longer. Be productive when you need to be productive. Then step away from being productive and be present with our loved ones.

Remember, your worth and identity don't lie in your productivity, but in who you are in Christ.

So make sure there is a balance between being productive and making time for relationships.