I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
— Psalm 119:15-16
The story goes that the great entrepreneur Henry Ford once hired an efficiency expert to evaluate his company. This man came into his factories and offices to assess the efficiency level of the workers. After a few weeks, the expert made his report, which was highly favorable except for one thing.
“It’s that man down the hall,” said the expert. “Every time I go by his office he’s just sitting there with his feet on his desk. He’s wasting your money!”
Mr. Ford replied, “That man once had an idea that saved us millions of dollars. At the time, I believe his feet were planted right where they are now. He’s staying put!”
In today’s world, our society measures effectiveness by task completion. If you get all your tasks done in a day that were on your list, then the day was productive. But if you’ve fallen short of your task list, then the day was unproductive. It rarely matters what else you accomplished. You’re measured on your tasks.
But think of all the great ideas that have come about very likely because someone just stopped to think. Albert Einstein… Ben Franklin… Leonardo da Vinci… all of these great minds spent significant time simply thinking!
There’s nothing wrong with tasks, but don’t let them run your life. Spend time daily meditating on God and His truth because that’s the path to truly finding wisdom!
Pray that God would release you from letting tasks overtake your life. Ask Him to speak to you as you spend quiet time meditating on Him.