Proverbs 14:4 has always intrigued me.   “Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.”    

An ox was one of the important tools of trade for a farmer.   Without an ox, he couldn’t do much.   But this particular living tool happens to be rather messy.   You have to feed them, and typically this tool produces a foul discharge.   But the farmer can’t spend the majority of his time cleaning up behind the ox.   He’s got to leave the mess behind, get them both to the field, and work.  

One lesson I learn here is that productivity can be messy.   The farmer who spends all his time cleaning the barn will get mighty hungry come harvest time.   The worker who spends all his time organizing his cubicle won’t get very many paychecks.   The student who is always organizing her studies will probably fail to get a passing grade.   The homemaker who frets over every particle of dust or every item that’s out of place may end up without a family around her to enjoy it with.  

You get the idea.   There is certainly a time for cleaning and organizing, but use wisdom.   It is more important to be working for the thing you desire than to be focused on the mess it creates.