Becoming less busy

“Busyness” is a strange thing these days.

On one hand, some people subconsciously take pride in telling others they’re “busy” because it projects the idea that they’re important.

When one person asks another how they’re doing they often reply, “Good—busy, but good,” when in reality they’re no more busy than everyone else—but it just seems to be the normal thing to say.

At the same time, there are people who are truly busy. And they know they’re TOO busy. Their schedules and lives have become so cluttered that their happiness begins to rot. They’re in a hamster wheel and can’t find the escape hatch.

And they don’t know what to do about it.

Here’s an idea: Stop adding things to your schedule that have limited value.

There are things you HAVE to do. There are things you really SHOULD do. And then there’s everything else. Sometimes your busyness is simply a season of life which includes a lot from those first two categories. But other times, it’s simply because you’ve been careless.

Psalm 39:5 says, “You have made my days a mere handbreadth…” So why waste them!

What are you spending time on that isn’t of God and which has limited value?

If you like being frantic, tired and frustrated, then, by all means, carry on.

But if you want more peace, consult God about what you’re doing, and stop adding things to your schedule that have limited value.

By Matthew Ruttan

–THIS SUNDAY I’m starting a new series called “CONTENTMENT: Being at peace in a world of more, more, more!Click here to see a short video about what it’s all about, and here to learn about our Kick-Off service and BBQ with free food and a bouncy castle!
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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