When Adversity Makes You Feel Unproductive

When Adversity Makes You Feel Unproductive

Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength

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Brent Pollard

If there’s one thing disappointing me most, it’s the lack of productivity I often feel. There are many things I want to do. I don’t think I get even a quarter done. For many facing a similar predicament, it’s a matter of poor time management. Time is precious. We’re told to make the most of it since the days are evil (Ephesians 5.16). Contextually, this pertains to the efforts made by first-century Christians in their daily walk. Persecution was coming. Indeed, for some, their lives would soon be at an end. Did they want to depart for eternity’s shore feeling as if more could have done but had not been? That message remains prescient today. We enjoy civil liberties now including religious freedom. However, a tempest has been growing for half a century which seeks to strip away the vestiges of religion and morality from the body politic. In but a short time we may face the same uncertain prospects as they. Hence, our struggle to be productive is as important as ever.

This exhortation may be limited in scope, but I wish to address those who might have certain mitigating factors making Paul’s inspired admonition more difficult to keep. It’s one thing to be a timewaster when one is able-bodied. It’s another matter entirely when you’re limited from accomplishing as much by the limitations of the flesh. There are those accustomed to doing much. One day they young, full of vigor. In the blinking of an eye, though, they no longer recognize the person staring back at them in the mirror. The snow of many winters covers what hair is left on their heads. For such, it hurts getting out of bed. Something as simple as buttons on garments becomes a time-consuming challenge. They may be asking, “Why can’t I get as much done as I used to?” This can be especially vexing, spiritually.

Perhaps, you have an illness of the body or mind. Maybe you don’t have old age to blame for your aches and pains but an autoimmune disease that others dismiss because, from appearances, you look fine. Not only are you in pain but you feel alone because some have unfairly surmised you’re just lazy. It could be that you’ve had chemotherapy and experience what has been termed “chemo brain.” You find yourself struggling to remember simple details. If you don’t write something down, you’ll forget about it. Truly, I could share a plethora of other scenarios in which some malady besets the body or mind and causes one to feel unproductive or a timewaster. These should suffice.

Fortunately, we serve a gracious God. Not only is His grace sufficient for coping with our lot in life (2 Corinthians 12.9), but it takes into consideration our current estate. One can debate whether there are degrees of punishment from Luke 12.48. That’s not my purpose. A principle is established here, however, stating that we’re held accountable according to the responsibility entrusted to us. Why would God hold the enfeebled or impaired to the same standard as the able-bodied? This must be true of redeeming one’s time as well. Note, one cannot forsake his or her Christian duty. Yet, rather than beat up on yourself because of what you left unaccomplished, trust that God knows your situation intimately. The main thing is to show up and do the work of which you are capable (Matthew 20.1-16; 21.28-32). This is how you remain productive even while facing adversity in these evil days.



2 thoughts on “When Adversity Makes You Feel Unproductive

  1. How Jesus brought balance to his life

    Mike Winkler

    Jesus had time for: Himself Mark 1:35-39 Social life John 2:1-11 Family John 2:12 Building relationships John 11:36 Relationship with God Luke 5:16 to do God’s work John 17:4

    Jesus was never flustrated and never in a hurry if Jesus can do it why can’t we?

    6 Things Jesus Did to bring Balance to His Time

    1. Jesus understood the Value of time John 9:4 Ephesians 5:16 making the most of it James for any life is a vapor

    2. Prioritized and disciplined Jesus identified what was valuable to do and then he Discipline himself to do it Mark 1:35 – 39 We must decide what is important to us and our families When we will prioritize them and discipline ourselves we can remove stress

    3. Jesus never put himself in situations where he was rushed or hurried Mark 10:46-52 Jesus stopped when He heard the voice of one person in a crowd Luke 19:5 Jesus saw Zacchaeus up in a tree and went to eat with him No matter the criticism

    4. Hedid not let people’s expectations or attitudes control his life or His decisions or his activities Mark 1:35-39 John 12 People become disappointed in us when we’re trying to serve God let them form a line

    5. His personal goal was to please God and not people John 8:29 2Corinthians 5:9 Galatians 1:10 please God not men Ephesians 5:10 try to learn what is pleasing to God When people control us we’re not listening to God

    6. Not everyone understands and appreciate what we’re doing .

    A. Religious Brethren Luke 5:29 the Pharisees criticized Jesus for going to Matthews going away party not all of them support the purpose not all appreciate what he’s doing so who am I trying to please

    B. Family did not understand Jesus and his work Matthews 3:20-22 they thought he lost his mind Sometimes Preachers live a lonely life

    C. His Apostles didn’t understand his work Mark 8:31 Peter rebuked Jesus Peter thought Jesus had lost his mind saying that He was to be killed

    Jesus brought balance to His life. So can we find balance if we evaluate what’s important have time for our self time to think Time to set goals Set boundaries that you can live with to Reduce stress and frustrations. May God Bless us all

    On Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 7:58 AM Preachers Pollard’s Blog wrote:

    > preacherpollard posted: “Friday’s Column: Supplemental Strength Brent > Pollard If there’s one thing disappointing me most, it’s the lack of > productivity I often feel. There are many things I want to do. I don’t > think I get even a quarter done. For many facing a similar predicamen” >

  2. Brother: I tried several times, in vain, to post this on your web page but had continual problems entering my name and email address.  So, am sending it here just to let you know how much I appreciate your thoughts.  Very encouraging to me.

    Thank you so much for this article.  It means so much to me.  I am one who falls into the category such as you have addressed herein.  Age and health hinders me greatly.  This began in recent years and has progressed.  I have felt often felt guilt for not doing the things that I used to do.  I have often ask myself if I have just become lazy.  But then I stop and remember that I am old and I have physical limitations.  The one thing that gives me relief from guilt is that I do a lot of study, research and writing of articles for a Daily Devotional.  This is the one thing that lessens the guilt that I sometimes feel. Again, I want to thank you for you understanding article. Blessings to you.


    Roy Allen Crutcher

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