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Monday, 08 May 2017 12:39

The Busyness Myth

Written by  Chris Erwin, Church of the Highlands, Montgomery
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I may be in a small group of people who love Mondays, but I love Mondays!  I’m so energized from the weekend and I’m ready to start another week of conquering whatever is in front of me.  It’s probably because I like being busy!  Busyness makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.  I feel fulfilled when I’m busy.  I probably feel that way for a few different reasons.  I’ve told myself things like, “The more I do, the more I succeed” or “busyness produces results”.  I’ve quickly found out that those things aren’t necessarily true, nor healthy. 

 If I were to be honest, there’s a couple other reasons I like busyness.  I don’t want to be idle.  The world keeps moving and I don’t want to be left behind, or left out.  This is obviously not a healthy philosophy, nor does it help with being effective.  The older we get we gain a different perspective.  Ask any person who’s at the end of their life, and ask them what they would have done differently and they will more than likely say, “I wish I would have spent more time with those I love”, or “I would have enjoyed life more”. 

 

It’s getting harder and harder to avoid busyness.  We’re living in a time when there’s more to do, more places to be, more tasks to accomplish, and more that we want to gain…and it’s killing us! If you want to know if you’re too busy just take a look at your inbox.  If you drive better while eating, answering calls, or posting on Instagram, you’re too busy.  If you have slowly increased the amount of expresso shots in your drink, you’re probably too busy.  I’ve actually just listed three things that apply to me. 

 

If you’ve struggled with busyness, the Bible has some great wisdom for us.  I love the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10.  We get a glimpse inside the home and life of Martha, and maybe even a glimpse inside our own life.  Verses 40-42 show us that “…Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.’ But the Lord said to her, ‘My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.’”

 

Here are some things we learn from Martha about busyness.  First, busyness is a distraction.  We’ve all probably tried to stay busy to avoid something that we need to address, like maybe a phone call to a friend or family to apologize.  Or maybe distract us from dealing with some issues that we know are unhealthy.  Secondly, busyness will make you a critic of everyone else.  Martha was critical of Mary’s actions.  Sometimes the root of our busyness is pride.  We want to fix others while looking over our own issues.  Someone once said, “we judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions”.  Thirdly, busyness actually creates more worry and stress.  The more we do, the more we’re not happy.  Ultimately, busyness disconnects us from what really matters the most—our relationship with the One who knows us best, who can make us the best, and who knows how to give us the best!  Jesus said, “Mary has discovered it…”  What did she discover?  Maybe she knew what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 4:6, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.”

 

So how do we slow down?  Let’s learn from Mary.  Ask yourself this question, “What’s most important?”  Here are a few suggestions—Family, marriage, friends, church, relationship with God, parenting, finding your purpose, making an eternal difference in someones life!  None of these can happen if both hands are full.  So be brave today and decide to put something down so you can “discover” what’s most important.  That’s when we find real peace, real rest.

 

 

Chris Erwin is the Campus Pastor for the Church of the Highlands, Montgomery Campus, and has been in full time ministry since he was 18 years old.  Chris’ passion is developing leaders and helping others find their true potential with the Lord.  Chris is married to his best friend, Rachel Erwin, and has two boys—Leyton and Liam.  Being born and raised in Montgomery, he and his family are passionate about helping grow the Kingdom while making their city a better place. 

 

 

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