How to get more done by slowing down…

It’s Monday morning and you arrive at your desk, head buzzing with all the to-dos you left unfinished going into the weekend and already stressed at the thought of a long week filled with meetings and projects.  Most people consider two options when faced with this scenario:

  1. You utter a deep sigh followed by an exclamation of “I hate Mondays“, after which you begrudgingly tackle your busy schedule.
  2. You spend the day procrastinating and feeling overwhelmed but tell yourself you have the rest of the week to get caught up.

But what if you approached your workload from God’s perspective instead?

Martin Luther once said “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”  With this quote he showed us the importance of starting our day with a “kingdom focus” rather than rushing into work relying on our own strength.  So today, before you turn on that computer, check your Outlook calendar and rush off to the first meeting of the day, slow down and take the time to consult God on your priorities.  Give Him the best part of your day and ask Him to order your steps for maximum effectiveness!

Use these 5 steps as a reminder to put Him first (Isaiah 40:31) in your work:

  • Acknowledge He alone is Lord
    Psalm 145:3 “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;  his greatness no one can fathom.”
  • Claim your victory in Him
    1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Remember that He is your source
    Philippians 4:19 “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
  • Thank Him for His blessings and favor
    Psalm 150:2 “Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!”
  • Trust Him to release His power into your life
    Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Remember that His power is made perfect in your weakness (2 Cor. 12:9) and that you can accomplish all things through Christ, who gives you strength (Phil. 4:13). What will you believe Him for this week?  May your week be filled with His glorious wonders and blessings!

 

 

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