What does gratitude have to do with productivity?
In a very real sense, gratitude is the completion of our productivity.
If we work and produce, but never appreciate the fruit of our labors, we never really benefit from them. We are always just on to the next thing. And then, what’s the point?
But even better than finding satisfaction in the work we have done is recognizing the source of our ability to achieve and the source of any success we have accomplished. And that is the grace of God. This is true in our spiritual and economic endeavors. “I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18).
Without gratitude, we are not truly being productive because we are not ultimately being honest. We are overlooking God, who deserves the credit and recognition for all of the good things in our lives — including the things that have come about through our efforts in productivity.
So be truly productive this week by enjoying a break, feeling a deep sense of gratitude to God, and giving him thanks.