Dad's Eye View
The Ultimate Productivity Tool
It must be stated without reservation that no other means has the unique efficacy of meditation,
Whenever I skip daily prayer, or rush through it because i can’t stop thinking about the mountain of projects awaiting me at work, my most frequent justification is, “i’m too busy.” And so after little or poor time spent with the Lord, i zip to the office, placing a substantial amount of trust in my productivity system and time-management tools to get as much done as possible.
I know i’m not alone in using the “i’m too busy” excuse to rationalize poor or inconsistent prayer. Too often we turn to a multitude of organizational, time-management, just-get-it-done tools and thinking to help us “get control” of our schedules. Sometimes we don’t even consider sitting in silence before the Lord as an option. We miss what is plain to many Christians who are not caught up in the dog-chasing-its-tail lifestyle. Namely, that prayer is actually the most practical thing we can do to help us face the responsibilities, packed schedules, deadlines and stress that come with our professions and vocations.
Move Over Day-Time and Franklin Covey
The first thing i’ve discovered is that, because God is the only source of true peace, spending time in conversation with Him means His peace rubs off on us. Conversing with our Creator and sharing silence with Him (especially before the Eucharist) fills our hearts and minds with a “peace that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7). When we’re overwhelmed and freaking out, this peace helps us obey the Gospel commands to stop worrying I’ve found that when worry and anxiety decrease, so do my stress levels. Then, determination, clear thinking and hope increase! These help me become more productive during stressful times because they enable me to overcome the enemies of work effectiveness: procrastination, avoidance of unpleasant tasks and hiding behind non-productive busy work.
It’s Like a Rift in the Space-Time Continuum
Meditation, naturally, consumes time. But this is not time lost; rather, the time expended in meditation aids in the ultimate conservation of time. This is true, first of all, because it places the soul under the direct influence of Christ, Who will then take complete charge of a person’s activities. And, further, the added perspective gained in meditation will enable one to better regulate his life by the separation of the non-essential from the essential (Rohrbach, pg 12-13).
By God’s grace i’ve seen a slow but amazing transformation in how even the busiest day no longer seems to spin out-of-control or leave me wondering where the time went and why i got so little accomplished. Through more time spent in prayer He has taken charge of my activities and given me the grace to let go of them. Spending time in prayer is like an investment. The more time spent, the more time we save, or get back. And this investment is never at risk...it always pays dividends.
Heaven Can’t Wait
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