Daily Reflections

Are You Fruitful or Just Busy?

August 5, 2023 Deborah Smith

Better one handful with rest than two handfuls with effort and a pursuit of the wind. —Ecclesiastes 4:6

“I’m good at multitasking.” I hear that often, but I don’t know if that’s really true. Sure, there may be times when we’re forced to have a bunch of irons in the fire, but that as a way of living is not healthy nor sustainable.

Even a busy person’s way of life can (and should) have some balance. There will be times when you may just have to juggle, but my sense is that most people think being able to multitask is a spiritual gift or a skill to be sharpened.

Even if you manage to actually get it all done, more than likely it’s not all going to be done well. What’s your spiritual condition at the end of that crazy day, crazy week, crazy month, crazy year—crazy life? We don’t have to have both hands full in order to be productive. Busy isn’t necessarily fruitful or spiritual.

It might be better to commit to being consistent with one thing at a time, getting what the Lord allows done well.

Make it Personal

What changes could you make in your life and schedule to be more fruitful in what God has called you to do?