Monday School

A great gospel promise:
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live.
But Christ lives in and through me!

 

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Sunday, September 7, 2014
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Back in June, I shared some book recommendations, with many of my and Karen’s current favorites. One of those was Matt Perman’s What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things. This book presents a vision of  productivity –Perman calls it “gospel-driven productivity,” or GDP—based on a right understanding of God, his gospel, and his calling on our lives.

I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes from Perman’s book as an inspiration to become more productive to God’s glory in your own daily lives.

“The essence of GDP is this: We are to use all that we have, in all areas of life, for the good of others, to the glory of God – and that this is the most exciting life.  To be a gospel-driven Christian means to be on the lookout to do good for others to the glory of God, in all areas of life, and to do this with creativity and competence.” (28)

“Being productive is not just about getting things done.  It’s about being a useful person, making a contribution, and leaving things better than you found them.  It’s about always being on the lookout to do good for others and knowing how.  Christians are to be known by their love – not just love in the abstract but in their everyday lives.  And this is substantially shown through a concern for being of benefit to others in all that we do (not just some things that we do).” (80)

“One of the biggest obstacles to doing first things first is what I call ‘the trap of the small stuff.’  We easily fall prey to the idea that before we can get to the big things, we need to get these smaller things clamoring for our attention out of the way.  Resist this inclination; it’s a trick.  The small stuff inevitably multiplies … you encounter more small stuff, and pretty soon you’ve spent your life perhaps feeling productive because you get a large quantity of things done, but in the wrong spot because you weren’t doing the things that will take you where you want to go.” (293)