The ups & downs of productivity

Zoe in the Dog Days of Summer

As I was reading this past week, I was thinking on the periods in life when we go through periods of extreme productivity and then we slow down to crawl. Being a student and working, I always have a ton of stuff on my to do list and some days I feel as if I conquered the world by all the things I accomplished and then the next day I wind up feeling like the world conquered me. As I am sure you know, this is extremely frustrating. Just as you think you are getting ahead, your momentum just stops.

The great theologian Charles Spurgeon even comments on this problem with humanity when he says

“My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life.” (Morning & Evening, July 3rd)

When I was thinking about this and getting frustrated with myself, I honestly wasn’t thinking of my spiritual life. But once I read the words of Spurgeon, I immediately thought through all that I do that sets me back in my relationship with God and all the times that I have been spiritually zealous for the Lord.

It was a good reminder to think about how we must be fervent in seeking God through prayer and study and how we should be ready and on watch for the idle times in our spiritual lives to push through them. I can only imagine the spiritual growth God would grant if we would stay consistent in seeking him proactively and consistently.

Lord, let us not be apathetic in our passion for you. But ignite our hearts to be zealous for you and your ways. Do not let us get to the point where we get so distant from you that we no longer hear you. But give us the ears to hear and the eyes to see what you would have for us.

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