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May 21, 2008

I was at the lab this morning for my regular bloodletting, and was impressed, as always, with the efficiency there. The technician has taken to calling me “Lauren dear,” indicating that she perceives me either as (a) old; (b) eccentric; or (c) endearing. Maybe the fact that I was wearing capris with wool socks simply catapulted me into her “dear” category. In any case, I was reflecting on efficiency as I enjoyed the economy of her actions.

Efficiency considers, anticipates, and respects the time and needs of others.

Efficiency pertains to economy of time, action, and value output (i.e., money).

When efficient action interacts with other efficient action, things go smoothly. When efficient action interacts with inefficiency, or when inefficiency meets inefficiency, there is friction that results in lost time, labor, and value.

Efficiency requires practice and planning.

Efficiency is necessarily orderly.

Efficiency is necessarily productive.  The word comes from the Latin efficere, to effect something. 

Efficiency promotes quality.

Efficiency is satisfying, while inefficiency is frustrating.

British psychologist James Ward (1843-1925), wrote this nugget in the midst of some otherwise oblique metaphysical palaver: “…it is absurd to credit inert mass with efficiency.” Right. Efficiency requires some form of activity. (I link the source as a courtesy protocol, not as suggested reading.)

God created the universe with supreme efficiency, with a Word (linked for suggested reading).

One Comment
  1. May 21, 2008 11:57 am

    A nice, efficient, post to straighen the day.

    The old Puritan, William Ames, had some thoughts on the subject too:

    The Efficiency of God
    by Dr. William Ames

    1. The efficiency, or working power [efficientia], of God is that by which he works all things in all things. Ephesians 1:11, “He who works all things.” Romans 11:36, “From Him, through Him, and in Him are all things.”

    5. The meaning of that efficiency which pertains to God’s essence is his omnipotence.

    9. The very will of God, as the effecting principle, is the cause [ratio] of power. Romans 9:19, “Who has resisted His will?”

    19. Absolute power is that by which God is able to do all things possible although they may never be done. Matthew 3:9, “God can, of these stones, raise up children of Abraham.”

    20. The ordaining power of God is that by which he not only can do what he wills but actually does do what he wills. Psalm 115:3, “Our God is in the heavens, He does whatsoever He wills.” (cf. Psalm 135:6; Ephesians 3:11)

    31. As for the boundary of the action, that aspect in which one person’s working or manner of working shines forth most clearly is chiefly attributed to that person. So in the usual appropriation, creation is attributed to the Father, redemption to the Son, and sanctification to the Spirit.

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