On Busyness

So something happened this week that has not happened since I took this blog back up; I didn’t have time for it. Over the past couple of years I have found myself becoming increasingly busy, as I am a full time employee, full time student, part time worship leader, and still need to find a way to be a husband and father. My school work became a little intense last week, which did not leave me much time to get anything done. Now that I’m on the other side, I find myself curious about busyness. I have had lots of people, recently, exclaim to me “Wow! You’re busy.”  However, I’m not so much worried about what people think (except for my wife), but I am curious as to what God has to say to us about being busy.

“While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.”
— Francis de Sales

The Apostle Paul wrote, “And do not be confomed to this world” (Romans 12:2, NASB). Here, we are encouraged not to let the things of this world train us into doing things that are agains the things of God. In other words, it fights against the “everyone else is doing it” mentality that we find so common. We live in a world where people are becoming increasingly busy. If there is an empty slot in your schedule, or your kids’ schedule, we feel compelled to fill it rather than have down time. I think we also feel compelled to make sure our children are involved in every single thing that they could possibly be in. Since everyone else’s children are playing sports, taking musical lessons, and being involved in 100 other things, our children must do the same. When one sport is over, they must be registered for the next one! I think there is a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) in our lives. This part of a verse from Paul shows us that God does not want us to think this way. God wants us to keep Him front and center in our lives; not letting the world tell us what to do. But this does not really seem to fit my situation. I’m busy not because of FOMO but because of ambition.

“Thoughambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.”
— Hosea Ballou

The Proverbs say, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as hast leads to poverty” (Proverbs 25:5, NIV). When I started this busy schedule, I made sure to consult with everyone that I felt it interferred with. I asked my wife, myself, and my supervisor because I wanted to make sure we were on board. I knew I had a lot of schooling to get through so I can actually make some progress on my professional goals. However, I did not want to be working on my undergraduate education for more than a handfull of years. I devised a plan where I could be done in less than three years, but it meant this busy schedule that I now live. Once everyone was consulted, and a spent some serious time in prayer, I pulled the trigger on my education.

Going Forward

What’s the point of this post? I don’t know. It certainly isn’t to let you know that I am a busy person, and it certainly isn’t to give excuses as to why there were no posts last week. Maybe this is more meant for me to work through some guilt over being so busy. Last week I felt that there were not enough hours in the day to get everything done I needed. I trust that God will lead me through this season, especially as it is almost over. Are you dealing with busyness too? What are some Scriptures that you fall back on to help you through the times you don’t feel that you have enough time?

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