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There it was. Clicking away from the link was a noble thought but not going to happen.

It read:

Limited Sale on Huge List of the Best Apple Productivity Apps.

I clicked.

My mind immediately started racing with all the tasks I could complete with this app. I could finally start budgeting with that app. I will definitely keep up with writing if I buy these apps. Lies.

Moment of confession: I am a prepper.

I spend inordinate amounts of time preparing to execute. I even prep to prep. Yes, I prepare to prepare. My preparation is problematic to put it plainly.

Last night as I got up from the kitchen table, where I was prepping to blog [shocker], I began to walk to Corley Jane’s room to rock her back to sleep. Corley had awakened suddenly and there was no time for me to prep nor was there “rock baby back to sleep” scheduled in some slick productivity app. Epiphany of epiphanies. I don’t need more productivity apps, I need to produce more.

If I spent half the time I spend prepping on actual execution of tasks and goals I would see faster results, find better success, and achieve more for the glory of God. And really, the glory of God is what this is all about.

It Is A Matter of Stewardship

Stewardship is an often neglected part of the Christian life. We are stewards of everything we have. The true spiritual realities of stewardship are meant to change how we live from moment to moment. These minutes spent blogging are a gift from God which I am entrusted with to spend well. Stewardship applies to every hour of the day!

My pastor Andy Davis writes,

Stewardship relates to anything that God entrusts to us to use for his glory. When most Christians think about stewardship , they think first and foremost about money and material possessions. In one sense this is appropriate, as we’ve already noted. Godly stewardship of money is an incredibly accurate barometer of the state of our hearts. If by faith we are living for the future world, our giving patterns will show it. We will use our money to invest for eternity.

However, we should consider ourselves stewards of more than just our money and possessions. We are also stewards of our bodies (and health), our time, our opportunities, our gifts and talents, the earth, our national advantages, and any other temporal resource God gives us. All of these come under the rubric of stewardship, those things for which we will give an account on Judgment Day.

Davis, Dr. Andrew M. (2013-12-15). An Infinite Journey: Growing toward Christlikeness (Kindle Locations 4818-4824). Ambassador International. Kindle Edition.

So, though I may be o.k. with wasting “my own” time prepping myself to death, I cannot, and should not, in good conscience spend God’s time not executing and completing the tasks he has for me. And since I don’t possess “my own” time, I need to take responsibility of the time given to me.

Don Whitney’s words are also helpful:

If we are going to be like Jesus, we must see the use of our time as a Spiritual Discipline. Having so perfectly ordered His moments and His days, at the end of His earthly life Jesus was able to pray to the Father, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (John 17:4). As with Jesus, God gives us both the gift of time and work to do during that time. The more we are like Jesus, the more we will understand why the disciplined use of the time God gives us is so important.

Donald S Whitney. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Kindle Locations 1531-1535). Kindle Edition.

I must remember that I don’t own time, I only steward the time God has given me. In light of this, I need to start producing, performing, and executing and stop the endless prepping.

If you are like me, you don’t need any more productivity apps, productivity hacks, or Moleskins. You need to pull the trigger and start performing to the glory of God. Today is a great day to start.