My life revolves around a school calendar. That’s true for a lot of people who want to capitalize on making plans for the times when school is not in session. We look at those break times way in advance to plan the dentist appointments, the extra-long weekend, even just a meal without a practice time or work commitment. We look forward to these breaks, but how much of a “break” are they always?  Maybe it’s just me, but is it increasingly difficult to take a break—a real live, do-nothing kind of break? Somehow, whether it’s paid, an obligation or volunteer work, I’ve become accustomed to not taking a break from it. One thing morphs into the next and suddenly  there is no break.

Is that what God wants us to do? We often have legitimate reasons for being super busy. We want to be good stewards of what he has given us. We want to show our appreciation and love by maximizing the time we have to serve others. Productivity is actually part of Christian love as exemplified in: the parable of the talents (Matthew 25); the accounting we owe for our time of grace (Romans 14); the command to wisdom (Ephesians 5 and many Proverbs). We want to be productive in accomplishing what God wants done and we want to do it in a way that makes the most of the time we are given.  Some questions need to be asked about whether we are spending our time in being busy versus being productive

As I look at my tasks . . . 

Do I see love and godly good works in how I conduct my work? Let’s be honest about the level of complaining or at least indifference we sometimes have towards our tasks.  There may be a need to think about an adjustment to those attitudes in the form of a break. When the love is gone, the good work ceases to be good. Maybe my break needs to include prayers for joy and peace and a little time with loved ones so my heart can return to my tasks.

Do I seek out opportunities for usefulness? At the end of the day where the busyness has been overwhelming my inclination can be to sack out in front of some awful television show with a snack and just check out. Ironically, or not, when I put others first and become more useful, my mood actually improves.

Do I maximize the energy of the day? There are days where lunch and drinking water turn into optional activities. Clearly taking breaks to eat, drink, and exercise would increase one’s energy.

Maybe the most productive thing to do sometimes is to go to a Zumba class so energy increases, attitude improves, and love increases.

As spring break approaches, my prayer is that we can look at what God places before us and consider the rejuvenation he promises in his Word, his service and his salvation so that each day we can be as productive as possible in his kingdom.  Happy spring break!