I'm Too Busy!1
Have you ever said “I’m just too busy?” Or a better question might be “have you said that today?” If so, I’m not surprised. We live in a 24/7 culture that offers more options than ever. There are so many things to do, see, and experience…and we don’t want to be left out. Before long, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
I once heard a wise person say, “If you’re burning the candle at both ends you’re not as bright as you think you are.” I believe they were right!
How can you tell if you’re too busy? Here are three really good indicators…
Your productivity drops off. This is a big one for me. I love to start new things. I have a habit of beginning new projects before finishing others. Or sometimes I procrastinate because there are just too many projects to choose from!
The next time you become less productive…take a look. You just might be too busy.
You’re emotionally strained. Think for a moment about your morning routine. How do you feel when you don’t have enough time to do everything properly? If you’re like me, you become stressed and anxious! But when you have plenty of time to get ready you feel much better.
When stress begins to overwhelm you, review your activities. Chances are good that too many things have crowded into your life.
You make unwise choices. When I’m too busy I’m more tempted to do wrong things. One reason is I don’t spend enough time with God and people who encourage me. It’s like my spiritual immune system has run down. When that happens I’m more likely to give in to things that don’t usually tempt me.
If you find that you are too busy, how do you change? In our culture, is a balanced life even possible? I say absolutely yes! But you’ll have to do an about-face in some areas. Here are three things to get you started…
Stop pushing to do more. Our culture thinks “more is better.” You hear it everywhere! Don’t get caught up in the mantra! When the drive for more activities, experiences, or things disturb the peace in your life or home, it’s time to do something different. Let these words from the Bible be your guide:
It is better to have only a little, with peace of mind, than to be busy all the time…
- Ecclesiastes 4:6 (GNT)
Keep the Sabbath Day holy. The word “Sabbath” means “cease,” or “stop.” When God created us, he established a rhythm of work and rest we should follow.
“You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me.”
– Exodus 20:9-10 (NIV)
Since we are created in God’s image…and God himself worked six days and rested on one…why do we think we can succeed by working seven days a week? You need a day each week to rest, relax, and reenergize.
Stay close to Jesus. Jesus often described himself as the “Good Shepherd,” and said we are his “sheep.” Considering that background, it’s no wonder David wrote:
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along the right paths, bringing honor to his name.
– Psalm 23:1-3 (NLT)
Let those words sink in for a minute, then answer these questions…
Who is your provider?
How much do you have?
Where is does he lead you?
What happens when we follow?
The next time busyness overtakes you, take a break…assess your situation…and let the Good Shepherd take control. He’ll establish order, provide all your needs, and direct you to a better way of life than you’ve ever dreamed.
- Pastor Jeff
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