In season two of the Gospel for Life podcast, we’ll be talking about the eight habits from my book 8 Habits for Growth.
The first habit is Make Time. The idea: to make time regularly for what matters most, including to develop and practice the habits of the Christian life.
To discuss this habit, I talked to Reagan Rose, the man behind Redeeming Productivity, website and podcast that helps Christians get more done for the glory of God. He examines the subject of productivity from a Christian worldview—looking to the Scriptures to establish a distinctly Christian theology for work, family, efficiency, technology, and goal-setting.
- We’re overly connected and stimulated. We face many opportunities competing for our attention.
- We are finite creatures who want to do more than our limits allow.
- Our time is God’s, not ours. Our responsibility is to use it well.
- Embracing our limits is a key step in using our time well.
- One of the keys to productivity is learning to say no.
- To use your time well, begin by understanding that you exist to glorify God.
- We live in a world that’s been damaged by sin. Work and productivity will be hard in this broken world.
- To build habits, start simple, and build from there.
- We may struggle to build good habits, but we still need to learn discipline. It’s essential to the Christian life.
- A morning routine and consistent sleep can help in building habits.
- We have enough time to do what God has called us to do.
“The most important productivity technique that we could all learn and be better at is the practice of saying no.”
“Start simple, and build from there.”
“You might not be as good as someone who is naturally more disciplined, but that doesn’t free you from the obligation to be obedient.”
“It’s not when you miss one, it’s when you miss two and then it becomes three and four and five.”
“I have exactly the right amount of time to do what God has called me to do, and to me, that’s just so encouraging.”
Download a PDF transcript of this episode.