The Problem With Busy

November 22, 2016

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger. Because there was no room for them in the inn."  Luke 2:7

"I wanted to find out why I was so busy, but I couldn't find time to do it". Todd Stocker

"Beware the barrenness of busy" Socrates

Busy is a sanctified bondage that is present in so many lives, and it burns up precious hours of time at such an alarming pace. If you are busier than you want to be, busier than you need to be, and busier than you meant to be, it's time to make some changes. One writer promotes replacing the phrase "I don't have time" with "It's not a priority." So I tried it in a few sentences that have been spoken far too often.....

1. I'm not going to the Dr. because it's not a priority.
2. I can't help you with your homework because it's not a priority.
3. I won't make it to family dinner or devotion because it's not a priority.
4. I will not be at church on Sunday because it's not a priority.
5. I can't make that deadline because it's not a priority.

The problem with busy is revealed in our perception of priorities which can push out the most vitally important things in our personal lives. We must refuse to let our busyness derail the destiny that God has put into place for us. We can do this by simply slowing down and establishing boundaries that protect and value the precious gift of time we have been given. We must realize that if we boastfully proclaim that we are burning the candle at both ends, it simply means we are not very bright. :)

Concerning Luke 2:7 - When Mary and Joseph simply wanted a room for Jesus to be born in, there was no room for them in the inn. The busy Bethlehem innkeeper was not hostile, nor did he show opposition to the birth of the Savior. The problem was that there was no room for them. The inn was crowded, his hands were full, and his mind was preoccupied. It reminds me of what so many face today when He stands in front of us desiring to enter our lives; there simply is no room for Him. Our crowded interests, and the preoccupation of life has a way of filling up our busy schedules, until we make the mistake of feeling like we are able to live on reasonably well without Christianity and without Christ.

Psalms 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God"  The  Message translation "Step out of the traffic!  Take a long loving look at Me, your high God, above politics, above everything."  If you are too busy for the important things, you are far busier than God ever intended you would be.

Striving to live beyond busy,


Daron Hudspeth

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