How often have you had a conversation go like this:
You: Hey, how are you!
Friend: Good! How about you?
You: Very good, how was your week?
Friend: It was good! How about yours?
You: Good! What did you do this week?
Friend: Oh, nothing really….what about you?
>conversation awkwardly fades out<
Pathetic, isn’t it?
I have conversations like this every single week. At one point in my life I thought that these little exchanges were the fault of just an uninteresting conversationalist when I eventually realized that it’s most often times my own fault for asking the question, “what did you do this week?” in the first place! Whoever I’m talking with quickly scrambles for some sort of great accomplishment to share from the week. Something to confirm that yes, they did actually do something with the last few days of their existence.
If I were to have a conversation with someone right now and they were to ask me what I did this week, I could say that I cleaned the house on Thursday, visited with friends that evening, spent time with my sister-in-law, watched a couple movies with my husband, researched affiliate marketing, went grocery shopping, worked all day Monday and Tuesday at Martins where I strung Christmas lights on trees and arranged poinsettias, etc.
…but is that really the question we should be asking others? Is “what did you do this week” the question we should be asking ourselves?
Everyone does something. Whether you’re a stay-at-home wife or daughter, or a blogger, or a small business owner, or a butcher, or work in a greenhouse…everyone works. Everyone has some sort of busyness that fills their time. The real question should actually be:
What work defines your life?
What is it that you’re ultimately striving toward? What vision are you seeking to fulfill? What tasks are we assisting with or taking charge of? What is the REASON for all of it? Is it checking something off of a to-do list, to puff yourself up in pride when talking with others, or to advance your own causes?
Maybe you’re stuck in a rut, where life seems predictable and mundane. It WILL seem that way if we keep viewing our life as nothing more than a list of petty accomplishments! When you stand before your Creator someday, is that what you’re going to have to show for your few breaths on earth? Were you the wise servant who produced tenfold, or were you the foolish servant who squandered what you were given?
Regardless of gender, age, profession, and family situation, every Christian’s purpose and definition of their life can be summed up in these few verses:
“You yourselves, like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:5-9
Are you striving toward these things? Are you basing your day-to-day work around these goals? To proclaim the excellencies of our great God? Are you seeking to fulfill THAT vision above all others? How are you doing that? Are you able to explain the reason for what it is that you do with your days?
Let’s look at productivity in a different light this week. Let’s stop viewing our life as a list of tasks, and start walking as those who have been called out of darkness and into His marvelous light.