Business vs. Busyness

Many people today tend to confuse activity for achievement. They may be busy but they aren't really achieving anything. I heard someone describe the difference between effectiveness and efficiency. Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. Let me expound on that  and say that excellence is doing the right things right. Those who know Christ and are filled with His spirit and trust in Him do the right things right at the right time!
Many times we spend so much energy in doing things that we fail to achieve the results that we aimed for. Remember Martha when Jesus went to her house and Mary was there? Martha was running around totally service motivated. She was very, very busy. She was busy doing "stuff". It was all good stuff. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Jesus looked at Martha, the busy one, and said, “Martha, you are careful and troubled about many things”. What He was telling her is that there is a difference in busyness and business. He was saying your activity is prohibiting your achievement. Careful and troubled people seldom use faith. You know already that faith without works is dead. Well works without faith is too!
If we can get our business right with God we won't fall into a trap of busyness. Advance your business not your busyness. Don't let an abundance of activity keep you from an anointed achievement.

Fresh Produce!

Galatians 5:22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Most folks gauge their success by how much money they have or how much stuff they can acquire. They look at all of the things that are said about them and the number of friends that they have. I have always believed that it was ok to have stuff, just be careful that the stuff does not have you!
The measure of a truly successful life in God is "fruit". We are enthusiastic, sold-out fruit producers! Each day you should become a dispenser of fresh produce
The kinds of things that are important to God are things like love, joy and peace. Being patient, kind and good. Live faithfully and be gentle and self-controlled. You get these by developing a close personal relationship with Jesus and allowing His spirit to produce this wonderful fruit. Fruit is what makes us different from every one else. Fresh produce!
Work hard. Pray harder. Stay focused on Jesus and stay connected to him. It won't be long until you blossom with all kinds of fruit!