Achieving your best for the Lord requires balancing production with production capacity. If a factory runs a machine 24/7, never stopping for maintenance, it produces a lot in the short term, but when the machine soon crashes, production capacity is ruined and much less is produced in the long run.
A frustrated lumberjack can keep hammering a tree with a blunt ax or he can take a moment to improve his production capacity by sharpening the ax so he produces more in the long run.
As Christians, we can say we “don’t have time” for God’s Word in the morning. We have to start “producing.” But we are missing the point that we ultimately produce more by balancing immediate production with increasing production capacity by getting God’s instructions for the day.
Of course we can err the other way too, by always building production capacity but never producing. The key is balancing production with production capacity so we redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.