A Lesson Learned: Busy, Busy, Busy…


We’re approaching smack dab in the middle of the busiest time of the year. Have I mentioned we have 8 birthdays in November between our two families??? And don’t forget about Thanksgiving! Christmas will be here before we know it. Which reminds me…I haven’t even started making my list!

As my mind has been consumed this week with my “to do” list, I was struck by something I read in the book Your God is too Safe by Mark Buchanan.

 

“Most of our drivenness and anxiousness comes from not really knowing what we MUST do. So we do a lot of things. We do them all with grim, fretful haste. We do them with panic but no zeal. We have to, after all, get THIS thing done and get on to the next thing. We’re not really sure what it is we MUST do, so there’s no time to pause over, to savor, to reflect on anything…

So what MUST I do? What is the one thing needed? Forgetting what is behind, we want to say with Paul, and pressing on, ‘I take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me’ (Phil. 3:12). That is the rally cry of those who live their lives on purpose, beyond the burden and trivia of mere busyness.”

 

This sounds so much like me…I just keep doing things with no real purpose.

The computer tends to be my time-sucker. I can jump on my laptop to check something “really fast” and before I know it, I’ve spent 30 minutes (or more) jumping around from Facebook to Pinterest to my e-mail to checking my blog stats…then back again. What did I just accomplish in those last few minutes???

I can answer that question easily…NOTHING.

I’m not saying there’s not a time and a place for downtime. I definitely think we all need that from time to time. And I’m really not self-disciplined enough to outline goals and hold myself accountable to them.

But I don’t want to waste my time anymore.

I want to be intentional with the time God’s given me and the tasks He has called me to do.

The hard part for me is deciphering why the heck Christ “took hold of me” in the first place. It baffles me, to be quite honest. Most of the time I honestly feel like a failure in most everything I do (not parenting well, not thinking of others before myself, not being a supportive wife, etc.). What do I have to offer anyone, anyway?

And like a book smacking me in the forehead, I realized that in this season of life Christ took hold of me for the sake of our children.

We are to raise them to love the Lord with all their hearts, minds, and strength.

Nothing else matters in the grand scheme of things.

Now, of course, raising them to love the Lord means being example of fulfilling the callings that God gave us in Word…like serving and loving others outside the body of Christ. And taking care of the “least of these”.

But my kids won’t learn these things unless we teach them.

So that’s my continual prayer these days…that God would help me to make the most of the time He’s given me on this Earth. Not with meaningless “busy-ness”, but with heart-felt, Godward intention!

 

10 Comments

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I think you and I are twins separated at birth! Your post could have been mine! Thank you for the encouragement to no longer waste my time!

  2. Wow! How I needed this message today! Just moments ago, as I was rocking my baby boy to sleep, this was my exact prayer. Thanks for the encouragement and for letting me know that I’m not alone in my struggle!

  3. Ohhh I hear you!! These “time suckers” are hard.
    I started a couple years ago making a list of what I wanted the Christmas season to be like – and then prioritized all the Christmas activities and busy-ness around my pre-written list (which at the time was all about being quiet, peaceful, at home, Christ centered, etc. as we were in a VERY hectic time of life and the “go-go-go” was overwhelming!) but having a pre-thought out list of what I wanted – along with ideas on how to make that happen – was SO special and helped me keep on track. I’ve started doing it for every season now and it makes such a difference for my life!
    I don’t care about being busy – I care about honoring God with my actions, loving my family, loving the body of Christ and serving – but it doesn’t mean “being busy” and pre thinking each season REALLY helps me stay on track!!
    I made a downloadable/printable of the form I use if you’re interested – it’s on my blog.

  4. I love this post. I really need to be more intentional and wise with my time too. It’s something that we should also steward with wisdom, just like every other resource that God has provided. And we are also stewards of these little lives that God has given us to care for a specific time. Thanks for this very timely reminder.

  5. Thanks for the post. I have been thinking a lot about this myself lately. My 4 year old recently has started to like playing games on the internet a lot too and I have to be aware of how much time she sees me on the computer. I am trying to figure out a good amout of time that I can spend as my free time without wasting other time I should be doing other things and also I don’t want dd to see that the computer is somewhere to want to be all the time.

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