The potential for human productivity is enormous but frequently untapped in today’s fast-paced world. As we watch the world, we must be mindful of our level of productivity. Without the requisite discipline and work ethic, your grand visions will be nothing more than daydreams. If we put a little more effort and focus into our work, both as individuals and as a society, we can accomplish so much more. Too many visionaries and missionaries are slacking off and not putting in the work as they should. This reflects in the quality and level of their results. You cannot hide your real productive output.
Proverbs 10:5 wisely advises, “He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest causes shame.” Our Lord Jesus emphasized the scarcity of laborers for the divine work. Today, His words remain profoundly relevant. He urged us to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His fields (Matthew 9:37-38). The message is clear: action is required. The heavenly hosts stand ready, and grace is abundant, but action is the catalyst for change. Nothing happens unless you get to work. Once you begin, you’ll be able to inspire and mobilize others to support you.
The grass on the other side is not greener. The grass glows on any side where it has been well cared for. Consider the case of Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, who champions the 996 work culture in China’s tech industry—working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week. He claims that this intense work ethic drove rapid growth in Chinese internet companies. However, it also sparked debates about work-life balance and employee well-being. This clearly demonstrates the importance of dedication and hard work. However, balance and fair treatment of workers are equally important. Your dreams are nothing, until you do the work.