January 1, 2015 by Marci
As I was planning this post, I looked over loads of quotes and statistics and resources I have gathered over the past couple years to prove my theory that we are “busy” people living in a “busy” society. Then I thought, “Everyone already knows that.” I don’t need to tell you how over scheduled, frantic paced and stressed out we have all become.
Our culture has grown to glorify those with the overflowing planners of activities.
We tend to look with awe at those who seem to do it all. You know who I’m talking about. You may even be that person. You volunteer at your child’s school on a daily basis, coach the soccer team, bring treats to playgroup, teach Sunday school, organize the neighborhood cook-out….and on and on….all while keeping your family happy, clean, clothed and fed.
After a long day of noble deeds, you should feel very rewarded and fulfilled. You should fall into restful, peaceful sleep. But wait….there you are, lying bed (after collapsing from exhaustion) tossing and turning, mind racing…thinking about the huge schedule of events the next day will bring. Guess what? You have bought into the lie that a full life starts with a full calendar. You are “busy”!
I believe busy is a 4-letter word. To me, busy means – Being Under Satan’s Yoke! It means wasting time on the extra stuff that really doesn’t matter in the long run. While our schedules may be full of “good” activities, the “good” might actually be hurting us if it takes us away from the best parts of our lives!
I love the Corrie Ten Boom quote. “If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” We can fill our lives with so many activities and responsibilities, that we miss out on the most important ones. We can miss out on what God has planned for our lives.
My goal is to get rid of the busyness that gets in the way of what is most important in my life and to help others do the same. I don’t want to get rid of the activity in my life, just the meaningless junk that isn’t going to bear fruit.
I want to get to that place where my days are full of rewarding activity that bear fruit and the end of our days bring restful, deep sleep that only a fulfilled life can bring.
Who’s with me?