How A Sick Day With My Son Taught Me Productivity Doesn’t Add To Our Worth As Human Beings

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“I got no work done today, I told my husband last week.

I was home with a sick kid, with a mysterious illness that just wouldn’t go away.

Later, I realized with that statement, I had slipped back into my old ways.

My old beliefs said I had to be productive to have a worthwhile day.

If I dig a little deeper, my old beliefs said that I had to produce to be a worthy human being.

I did not get any work done that generates my part-time income that day.

I laid down beside my kid who was so nauseated that even watching TV made him feel bad.

I did loads of laundry cleaning up the product of his illness.

I didn’t open up my laptop once, but I opened up my day to be wholly devoted to the one who needed me the most.

I felt like I didn’t work that day because I didn’t do the work the world values most. Work, I value too.

I did work; I did the work of love.

The most important kind.

I have a feeling on days you feel you didn’t get anything done, you probably did more than you realized.

God, please help us see value in every kind of work we do. And help us to know that our output level, can never add to our worth, nor take it away.


Stressed mom resting head on sick son
Courtesy of Jillian Benfield

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