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Busyness Does Not Equal Productivity
By Victoria Osteen - Sep 29, 2020
Most people think David was the only writer of the book of Psalms and are surprised to learn that Moses wrote Psalm 90. Remember that Moses was God’s man to lead all the Israelites toward the Promised Land, perhaps two million people. He was responsible to know how to get to the right places and find the answers to their problems and complaints. He had to hear from God for them. I’m sure he felt overwhelmed. It’s not a surprise then that one part of Moses’ prayer was: “Teach us to number our days, that we can gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Moses wanted to see people’s dreams and desires come to pass. He wanted to move in the right direction. He didn’t want to waste his time doing things that were not important, spending time with the wrong people. Perhaps you can hear the cry of his heart, “God, teach me and show me how to order and prioritize my days.”

The answer to Moses’ prayer came when Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, observed that Moses was wearing himself out, sitting among the people and trying to resolve all their problems from morning to evening. Jethro said, “You need to set up a system of godly men to help you. Don’t wear yourself out doing things that others can do. Set your priorities right.” He had to clear the clutter out and rearrange his life priorities.

God wants to help us do the same. Too often we allow the busyness of life and all our responsibilities to overwhelm and overtake us. I encourage you to not be busy, but to be productive. If you’re going to see your dreams and desires come to pass, you can’t just let everything occupy your time and get you off course. Busyness does not equal productivity. You don’t want to wear busyness as an important attribute in your life. You want to wear fruitfulness, productiveness. You want your life to represent the good things of God. You want your life to be ordered, getting the right things done at the right time.

Perhaps you feel a little bit like Moses. Everybody’s asking you for things, and you need to find answers to problems, to bring in the finances, and care for others. You need to pray Moses’ prayer: “God, give me a heart of wisdom. Teach me to put a priority on the right things, to put what really matters first.” He has ideas to make your life easier. It’s about ordering your life so you can see your God-calling come to full fruition, so you can be all that God has called you to be!
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