Choose Peace Over Productivity ~
Written by Jamie C. Martin
Creating my daily to-do list sometimes fills me with dread. Why?
Well, it often happens that there are more items to do than there is time for the doing.
Anxiety and overwhelm begin to threaten me, though I try to ignore their taunts.
Still the nagging thoughts keep creeping back, “How exactly am I going to get all this done?”
Until one day, when I felt God whisper to my heart.
What He said surprised me, changed my outlook, and altered the entire direction of my day–of all my days.
He said, “Choose peace over productivity.”
Peace is the goal of our days.
Peace is THE goal of our days.
At the top of your to-do list, write it – Peace.
If anything tries to threaten your goal, it gets crossed off immediately. Don’t worship at the altar of busyness and allow the very heartbeat of your family to suffer.
Let me spell it out as a reminder for us all:
Laundry isn’t more important than peace.
Cleaning isn’t more important than peace.
Homeschooling isn’t more important than peace.
We’re better off getting only one thing done in an atmosphere of peace than crossing off multiple tasks weighing fretfully on our shoulders.
I know, because many times I forget the lesson, and pay the price by handing over the mood of our home. It’s never worth it.
What will our children remember when they leave our homes–Mom frantically rushing around or Mom turning toward peace?
Even though it’s hard, even though we fail, let’s come back to it again and again:
Let’s choose peace over productivity.
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