I’ve lost track of how often I’ve told people lately that life is “too busy.” And generally, those people repeat it right back to me. We are busy people! And that’s the way life goes. But quite often, we are too busy.
You might be too busy if . . .
- you can’t find time to get the rest you need
- you can’t sleep whenever you do finally get to rest, because your mind keeps racing with all you have to do
- you don’t have time to fellowship with God’s people, your family in Christ
- you have little time to feast on God’s Word
- you view people as interruptions rather than opportunities to minister
- you don’t have time to spend a few minutes listening and encouraging someone in need
- you throw things together last-minute, rather than doing a job that truly honors God
- you live under constant stress and hurry, along with everyone around you
But I want you think about something for a moment. Take just a few minutes out of your busyness to flip through the Gospels. Notice how Christ ministered — how He lived.
Never once does it say He was in a hurry.
Never once does it show Him rushing around.
Never once does He ignore people or put them off until later.
Christ only had about thirty years on this earth — that’s not very much time to save the whole world. But He focused on what His Father wanted Him to do, and He made time for people. Life may have moved at a slower pace 2000 years ago, but I’m sure He had demands on His time and interruptions to His daily routine. Some things don’t change that much in a few thousand years.
But He was at peace.
He ministered wherever He was, and whenever people came to Him.
Do you do that?
Or are you so stressed that you stress other people out? Are you so rushed that you can’t take time to listen to your child’s jokes, or smile at your spouse when they come home at night? Are you so busy that you can’t stop for five minutes to call a friend and ask how they’re doing, or write a quick email to someone who’s hurting?
We let ourselves get too busy, simply because we don’t think about it.
You know — an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and all that? We start doing, and start adding more and more to our schedules, until our lists have lists that have lists. And we never completely stop and re-think why we’re adding so much.
Of course, sometimes you can’t control everything you need to do. If you have kids, or you’re caring for your parents (or some other loved one); if you have a full-time job outside the home; if you have special occasions to prepare for and celebrate; if you’re just going through a crazy season of life — you might not be able to cut back on what has to be done.
But even in the busyness, you can keep your priorities straight.
So maybe the laundry doesn’t get folded today — because you choose to spend five extra minutes laughing with your son or daughter. So maybe dinner isn’t as healthful or fancy as you prefer — because you choose to spend five minutes letting a friend cry on your shoulder. So maybe that blog post doesn’t get written as soon as you want — because you choose to spend a little extra time soaking in God’s Word.
Busyness is often lauded, yet none of us truly enjoy that feeling of being spread too thin. This article shares a few ways to step back, press pause, and learn to do less. I read this post recently about this very thing. And if you can relate to what I’ve been saying, then I think it will be an encouragement to you as well. [Disclaimer: I’m not familiar with this blog, but it was shared by a friend and I found it quite helpful.]
What do you think? How do we stop ourselves from getting to the point of being too busy — or change things, once we’re already there? Thoughts?