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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Jan 12, 2023

Episode Summary:

Have you ever imagined a life without hurry, relentless work, multitasking, or scarcity? In a world that tells us to do more, accomplish more, and be more, what is that doing to us and is that consistent with what God says? 

Time management is an industry that capitalizes on time anxiety. We are told that we must be more productive, and we buy countless books and listen to innumerable podcasts—all telling us how to do just that. But time anxiety is not solved by doing more and doing it faster. We must recover a Christian vision of time and take up habits that allow us to inhabit the time God has given us. Join me with Jen Pollock Michel as we talk about Time Anxiety: How you can overcome it to reimagine productivity.


Quotables from the episode:

  • I tried to “crack” the code of pandemic time anxiety. That’s when I realized I had much more to learn about time-faith.
  • Time anxiety is related to time scarcity, death, and mortality. But the time we have is never long enough.
  • Productivity tells us how fast we get things done but not why we do things for.
  • Peace comes when we are rightly oriented to God.
  • God has enough time!
  • Time pressure is usually self-imposed.
  • Time management focuses on the self but often ignores our community or God.
  • Living life well is a slow and steady process.
  • The ideal isn’t productivity but fruitfulness in the character of God.
  • We can gain “more time” by reducing and eliminating distraction.
  • You cannot manage your time but you can manage your attention.
  • Remove the word “productive” from your self-assessment!
  • Time is never a constraint for God.

Scripture References:

  • Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
  • Matthew 6:27 “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
  • James 4:13-15 “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”


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Jen Pollock Michel is an award-winning author and speaker. Her fifth book, In Good Time: Reimagining Productivity, Resisting Hurry, and Practicing Peace, releases in December 2022. You can follow Jen on Twitter and Instagram @jenpmichel and subscribe to her Monday letters at 

Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson