Productivity in Light of Eternity: A New Vision, Kind of…

Two worlds have collided.

It’s painfully obvious to me now, and probably has been to anyone who knows me at all, but there are two themes, two areas, two worlds to which I feel deeply at home, but may seem to have zero to do with each other:

Productivity and Eternity.

Ok, definitions first.

Both Productivity and Eternity are meta-ish words. They are big and broad and encompass much. Both can have a wide variety of meanings, but here is where my mind goes when I say these words and get all excited.

Productivity is making the most of our Earthly lives, where we are at, and with what we have to work with. It is tools, systems, plans, calendars, communication, workflows, focus, intent, thoughtfulness, wisdom, excellence, reviewing, brainstorming, pursuing, evaluating and doing. It’s the tools we use and the way we use them. It is going after what matters most, but doing so in ways that are based on the best research. It is life lived on purpose.

Eternity is the next life, the life to come, lived unhindered in the glory, presence and majesty of God. Eternity is the life promised in the Scriptures to those who forsake their sin and find their heart’s treasure in Jesus Christ. It is life with God forever. It is both future-ly (not a word) fulfilled when we pass into Heaven and begin the next life, but it is also now in any way that heaven has broken through into our Earthly reality. It is anything that we experience in this life that carries on to the next.

Here’s the deal, simply.

  1. Productivity without God might be helpful now, but is not ultimately productive because it ends with this life and doesn’t carry on.
  2. However, even the smallest, simplest things in life can be eternally productive because they have been done with the reality Eternity in mind.

As a pastor, it my joy, duty and purpose to help others get both productivity and eternity right. My job is to help others grasp a true and glorious vision of eternity and then use that as a framework for living every day with focused excellence. My calling is both “theology, philosophy, prayer, ministry and church life” as much as it is “life plans, time blocks, weekly reviews, informed habits and most excellent apps”.

Eternity without Productivity is pious neglect of the urgent needs right in front of us. Productivity without Eternity is excelling at that which won’t matter when we stand before God.

It’s funny. I have had this blog for years and really couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it. I didn’t want it to be just a “tech blog” because goodness, we have enough of those, but I didn’t want it to just be “pastor’s reflections” either.

  • I wanted it to equip, to be useful
  • I wanted to geek out about the tools, systems, books, ideas and workflows I love
  • I wanted to keep God as the goal and focus

So this theme of Productivity in Light of Eternity is both new and really old at the same time. There have been lots of other versions off this goal:

  • Tools and resources for intentional biblical stewardship,
  • Technology and Productivity for the Glory of God,
  • A Productivity and Technology Blog to the Glory of God and more.

No matter what, I couldn’t shake the feeling that both themes needed to be together and speak into each other, and I feel like Productivity in Light of Eternity just nails it.

Time to go. Just know that the goal of this site is to help the church cast our gaze upon eternity and live focused, excellent lives because of what we see there. It is to live out Ephesians 4:12-13:

“to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,”

Eternity is real, which is why productivity matters so much.

Productivity is essential because we will one day stand before God to give an account for our lives.

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