Ploductivity

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Yes, my spell checker is working. I read a book this past week by Douglas Wilson called, Ploductivity. That is the name of the book. Somewhat humorously, I only realised that it was not titled Productivity after I read the entire book! Rather embarrassingly, the book emphasises the need to pay attention to what we are doing!

Wilson’s thesis is that time and technology are God’s good gifts (a form of wealth) that Christians are called to steward, and to steward well, under the lordship of Jesus Christ. With this as our motivation, Wilson encourages the reader that, if we use our time and the various technological tools wisely—ploddingly—we can accomplish a lot more to the glory of God than we ever thought possible. He provides several examples.

For instance, if a novelist plods and writes one hundred words a day, she will in two years have a book of seventy thousand words. That’s a good-sized novel.

Perhaps you aren’t a reader, but you know that reading would be beneficial. If you set aside 15–20 minutes each day to read a book, you could read a three hundred-page book every month. That’s twelve books a year, 120 every ten years, 240 books every—

Do you get the point? Plodding—not aimlessly shuffling our feet, but rather moving our feet ploddingly—can be very productive. This can lead to a life of great productivity, to the glory of God.

The book of Proverbs is big on plodding, and it berates mere shuffling. For instance, “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it”(13:11). “In all toil there is profit [even in plodding toil], but mere talk tends only to poverty” (14:23). “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame” (10:4–5). Finally, consider the proverbial condemnation of the sluggard who merely stands shuffling his feet (24:30–34). Any ant will say amen to that (6:6–11).

God expects us to be faithful plodders, even (especially?) at this unique time in history. As we have “extra time,” we should use it wisely. Plod away in your work, in your entrepreneurial planning, in your praying, in your reading, and in whatever “your hand finds to do” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Wilson calls on his readers to faithfully steward what God has given to them, remembering that all of life—every minute—is to be lived in submission to the lordship of Jesus Christ. We are called to plod for Jesus even when life seems so mundane and when we feel least motivated. As we do, over time, we will be amazed at our God-glorifying productivity. In fact, I am so convinced of the need for ploductivity that I just instructed my spellchecker to add this to my dictionary. I already feel more productive.

Plodding along with you,

Doug