Being an Overachiever Day 2: Being Too Busy
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24, ESV)
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8, ESV)
We all know that we live in a busy society. We find ourselves rushing from one thing to another and collapsing at night from exhaustion. We look at our calendar for the day and see a full list of things to do, and then feel a sense of accomplishment that we were so busy. Sometimes, I will even list things I’ve already done that day just to cross them off (and I’m fairly certain I’m not alone in this). Our society isn’t just busy but we worship being busy. Countless times, when someone asked me how I was doing, I responded by saying, “Good, but busy.” It is slightly embarrassing to admit, but I was being sucked into the glorification of being very busy. When the weekend rolls around, we try to catch up on sleep and recharge, but often we go right back to the same jam-packed life the next week.
Being too busy has several implications and can affect us in different ways, causing us to feel stressed and exhausted all the time. When I’m rushing from place to place, I find that my mood reflects that. I might be a little short with those around me instead of treating them with love and kindness. Also, I find that there are a lot of worthwhile things that go out the window when my schedule gets too busy. When I wake up, I rush to make it to work and don’t utilize the quiet time I have in the morning to enjoy the Lord’s presence. On the commute to work, I rush and try to shave time off my trip rather than spending time worshipping Him in prayer and watching the beautiful sunrise. During the workday I move from task to task rather than taking a moment to just breathe and think of Him. If we are all honest with ourselves, spending time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer can sometimes be a low priority when we have filled our schedules with so many other things.
The country song “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney is about how quickly life can pass us by if we don’t make the effort to rest and enjoy it. Each day the Lord gives us is truly a gift, and we should fully rejoice in it. If you have been struggling with being too busy and not having time for the worthwhile things, it’s not too late for you! As long as we have breath, we can return to Him; as His Word says, if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. He can cleanse our hearts and ignite a fire within us, making us long to spend time in His presence. When we cross into eternity, I can guarantee that no one will wish their schedules had been more full while on earth. Every one of us will wish we had spent more time with the Lord in prayer and studying His precious Word.
Of course, I am not saying that we aren’t to have things on our daily schedule or that we shouldn’t plan out our calendars. I’m just encouraging each of us (myself included) to intentionally block out time to be in His presence. There’s no requirement for a certain time of day or even the length of time we spend with Him, but it’s so important that we allot time for it. In a society that glorifies being busy, let’s be counter-cultural and rest in the presence of our eternal Father who gave everything for us.