Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Redeem Your Day ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Redeem Your Day ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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Here's a new paradox for today's professional: According to a recent study, most of us are working more than we were a decade ago, but at the end of the day, we're accomplishing less.

The same study reports that declining productivity - in the face of climbing expectations - has led to increased on- (and off-) the- job angst. No matter how much we do, it seems, it's never quite enough.

I've been on the productivity treadmill myself - running and running, plagued by the feeling that I'm really not getting much of anywhere. Talk about angst. For a while, it was hard to have a day when I ever felt completely satisfied with what I'd accomplished.

Then, out of nowhere, a question hit me: What would it take for your day to qualify as productive?

I suppose the message could have sparked the development of a detailed and very specific list of standards for productivity. But actually, something quite different happened. I saw the question as a call to spiritualize my perspective. And I realized: It wasn't a template for productivity that I needed, but a way of seeing things that went beyond my own limited, and perhaps critical, view.

In the past, I've found that these kinds of questions are a reminder of just who it is that governs my life - God - because they force me into new, always broader concepts of existence. These, in turn, have revealed peace where I was convinced there was chaos, direction where I thought I saw only fog, health and well-being where sickness or pain seemed to be.

I took this question as a call to prayer.

God, I prayed, help me redeem my day. I wasn't sure how the redemption was going to happen. Better focus? Fewer interruptions?

Not exactly. Instead, my redemption came in the form of a demand to see my life in terms of the qualities I express, not the tasks I accomplish. This wasn't about check marks on a to-do list, but about discovering what it means to be the infinite and dynamic expression of an infinite and dynamic God. …

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