It’s a word we’re all familiar with. It starts at the break of day and runs into the wee hours of the morning. It looks like:
- Time at the gym
- Dinner dates
- Study groups
- Dance class
- Karate class
- Art lessons
- Piano lessons
- Band Practice
- Checking social media
- And SO MUCH MORE….
BUSY comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors. But, no matter who we are, we find that at some point in time we come face-to-face with BUSY.
Some people crave BUSY: they find it a necessary part of life. Many of these people claim that BUSY is the solution to all life’s problems. A certain member of my extended family clings to the belief that we would all be happier, more in control, and a whole lot less “overly energetic”—especially for children like mine with lots of energy—if we’d just stay… BUSY.
Even those of us who don’t hold to this belief often find that we can’t help but plan every minute of our day because of the many obligations and opportunities that we just feel that we cannot do without. We plan what we eat, when we shower, and how long we can squeeze in to sleep. We have so little time left over that we are forced to plot intimacy on a calendar and pencil in time for a hug and a kiss.
Then, at the end of the day, we wonder why our marriages are falling apart, we don’t understand our kids, and our hearts feel empty.
Do you want to know why those things are happening?
Well, to a great extent, it is because of that one little word: BUSY.
Let’s take a look at that word: BUSY. It’s not as innocent as it seems. In fact, it really has a pretty sinister meaning. Instead of our regular way of thinking, let’s turn the word a bit and see if from a new angle.
When we step back and take a deeper look at the word, we see that it has a much deeper meaning.
You see, Satan keeps us so busy with doing things of the world that we don’t have time to do the things that matter most—like spending time alone with God.
And the problem is that BUSY is not just about doing bad things. There are times when even good things are not good for us.
Going to the gym and preparing healthy meals are wonderful things. But they are no longer wonderful when they take up so much of our time that we don’t get to actually sit down with our family and talk about our days. Talking together can help every family member express their feelings and grow together, especially when parents can provide godly guidance for children.
Taking part in sports and other activities can be a good way for people to make friends and burn off energy. But they’re not a good thing when we suddenly don’t have time to devote solely to spending time with our loved ones or to pray or meditate on God’s Word.
Going to church every time the doors open or being part of an active small group with your church are great things. But they’re not great things when attending those meetings lead us to believe that we don’t have need to take time to study the Bible on our own.
When we allow ourselves to get so wrapped up in the things of the world and our obligations to it, we lose sight of what is important, be it our spouse, our children, or God. And as much as many people will find this message offensive, it is one that I think many people will be able to relate to if we just are honest with ourselves. After all, how many times have you said: “I just wish I had more time in my day?”
When we’re that BUSY, it just makes it that much easier for us to justify why we put off daily prayer, personal Bible study, and even time with our spouse or family. And the more we put it off, the farther away it moves. The farther away we get from it, the harder it is for us to find a place for it. And the more time we spend away from it, the less we think about it or try to make time for it.
In fact, some of us have been BUSY for so long that we feel uncomfortable when we’re not doing something. We get antsy. We try to find something to do. We just can’t sit still or understand how anyone could sit still and not be doing something. And all that anxiety over not being BUSY is simply withdrawal.
Like so many things that are bad for us, the only way to stop BUSY is to simply stop.
As hard as it sounds, we can stop BUSY.
We have to take a hard look at our lives and decide what we think is important and what isn’t. Even if it takes sitting down and making a list of priorities, it is the first step towards liberation from BUSY. At the top of the list place God and family. Then work down from there.
It will not be easy for some. After all, Satan wants you to stay BUSY. He will make EVERYTHING look like a necessity. But heed these words:
IT IS NOT ALL A NECESSITY.
That’s right: it is simply not all a necessity. Something has to go. And it may be something you enjoy like a hobby or something that is good for others like volunteering, but if you can feel BUSY’s strain on your life, then something has to go.
Pray and ask for God’s guidance, and He will help you to find what needs to stay and what needs to go. Then, once you begin to eliminate things, be sure to use that time for time with God and family.
While stopping BUSY won’t be easy, in the end, it will be worth it to be out from under Satan’s yoke.
Thank you so much for never giving up on us. Thank you for helping us to see that sometimes the things that we do are merely keeping us focused on worldly things. Lord, help us to search our hearts and our schedules to find what is and what isn’t important. Show us the things that are standing in the way of us spending time with You and fulfilling Your will for us on this Earth. Guide us, Lord, as we seek to make time for quiet and to become still and study Your Word. We thank You for all You do for us, day in and day out. May You guide us back to You and away from BUSY.
In Jesus’s Holy name we pray.
Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:29