This little book was the first one checked off of my 2017 reading list. Though I did not need the practical piece of scheduling, calendars, and to-do lists (being that I am already a large blip on the OCD radar) I appreciate the biblical perspective Challies presents as well as the incredibly practical productivity assignments. It is easy to lose focus or misplace priorities as the days roll over one another, so adjusting and realigning our focus is always a worthwhile use of time.
My favorite activity was filling out the Productivity Worksheet. (I like homework assignments!)
- Know Your Purpose
- Define Your Responsibilities
- List Your Roles, Tasks, and Projects
- State Your Mission
Listing my roles, tasks, and projects was easy since they are daily occurrences, but narrowing them down to five responsibilities and creating a mission statement for each one took time, thought, and prayer. I kept getting stuck until I decided to start with Scripture, choosing a verse/passage for each responsibility and then pulling my mission statement from God's Word. As always, once Scripture is placed in the proper position, everything else falls right into place.
Begin each day reading Scripture and praying, and move, eat, and sleep in a way that prepares me to effectively serve the Lord, my family, and others.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1
Surrender 'self' so I can intentionally seek to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical, and educational needs of Dennis and our children.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
"Outdo one another in honor." Romans 12:10
Glorify God by loving others.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34, 35
Be a DOER of the Word, living out my faith in practical and tangible ways to bring glory to God and encourage others to know and love Him more.
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Romans 12:11
Pray - Plan - Prepare - Surrender.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Here they are, Lord! My plans and my desires to Do More BETTER. I lay them at Your feet, asking You to do Your will, change me from the inside out, help me put off sin and put on righteousness, and look less like me and more like You every day. I love You, Lord. Show me how to love You MORE.