Most of us come to a place in life at some point where we feel ineffective or unproductive. I find myself in a place now where I feel like change, which is still ridiculously uncomfortable, is the common theme in every area of my life. Which is not a bad thing especially when you consider how disgust not to long ago was that common theme. To get to the point when we are in seasons of change we often feel ineffective and unproductive. The questions I have are Why? and What can I do to guard against it?
As my relationship with my wife grows it can often times be uncomfortable. At times I need to make quick decisions weather to act like the man that I want to become or react like the man I once was. Same thing applies in our business. As we grow our business grows and growth presents the same opportunities to change or stay the same. In ministry we are entering a new season that is sure to demand personal growth. So what does this have to do with being productive or effective? While we are in the middle of change we have a hard time seeing the whole story but when we look back we see that every choice we make every decision to become something new every opportunity we take to stretch every time we grow we are effectively producing a new us, we just don’t see it at the time for the most part.
As we prepare for this new season in life and ministry I constantly find myself asking for Gods wisdom and direction so that what we do will not be without effect. This morning I came across a scripture that encouraged me and gave me the answers that I have been asking for to guard against being ineffective and unproductive.
by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:4 nkjv 5-8 NIV)
So here are the 8 things that when possessed in increasing measure guard against being ineffective and unproductive with what you have been given in any area of life.
4) self control
7) mutual affection
Life demands of us to make measurable progress in a reasonable amount of time. If you need proof of this ask yourself why the desk in kindergarten are so small. As your knowledge is expected to progress alongside your body while your in school so should your disciplines and these 8 things be ever increasing in life.
What are some other things that keep us from being unproductive? Like (seeking wisdom, building new disciplines)