Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I can’t think of one person I know who isn’t busy. Even the retired, empty-nester friends I have stay busy. And honestly, I hope when I am an empty-nester I am still busy, too. I like being busy. I like doing. However, there comes a time we can find ourselves TOO BUSY.
I realize I am in a season right now of busyNESS. My children are young enough they are not driving themselves anywhere yet, but old enough to have a social life and play in sports. I also realize, this season will pass. The pitfall can come when I try to take on too many things I want to do during this season of my life.
I know intellectually, some things need to wait until this season has graduated into the next one. But somehow, my intellect often shuts down when faced with an opportunity I want to take on. Before I know it, I am overwhelmed and out of time. Daily. Weekly. And I am no longer acting, but reacting to everything just trying to tread water.
The past few weeks I have felt pretty convicted about being too busy. I was involved in 5 different ministry roles in our church, one being that I weekly lead 2 Bible studies. I also mentor a handful of ladies on a regular, one-on-one basis. On top of these things – which I love doing – I have 4 children who require a lot of time and attention, a husband I want to spend time with, a book with deadlines to complete, and a mountain of laundry that breeds in the clothes hamper.
Somewhere in there, I am supposed to have daily Bible study and quiet time with the Lord and exercise regularly. Oh, and I have to prepare for a speaking engagement every now and again. And did I mention my house is torn back to the studs and we are doing a MAJOR renovation. See?
This is my living room. Or what is left of it. We are tearing down 2 big walls, 2 small walls, recessing support beams, moving cabinets and tearing out old flooring. No big deal.
Sunday before this past, I went into church and quit 2 of the ministry teams I was involved in. Then I walked into service, and by divine design, I listened to a sermon on being still. Being quiet. Taking time to stop and listen to God. Yep. I was right to eliminate those two things. And I am fully aware I need to continue to shorten the to-do list for this season.
The next couple of weeks I am going to make a list (my favorite past-time) and pray over what is non-negotiable to stay on it, and what can be removed until the next season. It isn’t going to be easy for me to do this. Because I like to do.
So why am I telling you all this? Because I know I am no more busy than you are. You are adding items to your list faster than you can cross them off, too. You are busy. And sometimes, you are too busy. I have learned over the past few years, Satan will use our busyness as a distraction from growing closer to God. Busyness can give the devil a foothold into our lives. Most likely, he cannot get you to blatantly sin against God. He cannot keep you from loving God or desiring to serve Him. So instead, Satan will use our busyness to bring us stress, feelings of being overwhelmed, and finally distraction from our personal relationship with God.
There have been times – I am ashamed to say more than once – where I have allowed myself to become so busy I had no time in my day to do Bible study or pray. I kept postponing it, until it had been several days since I had stopped to spend time with God. And by then, I was stressed. Short-tempered. Cranky. Negative. Fearful. Worried. And I am sure my husband or kids could add a few adjectives to the list. My daily quiet time with God is my only defense against fear and stress.
So. I need to quit some thing. Maybe some THINGS. More than one or two. It doesn’t mean they are bad things. It just means they are NOT RIGHT NOW things. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I bet you would agree with at least some of this. What do you need to eliminate from your list? Even if it is just for this season?
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ~ Matthew 6:33