Last week in my Do You Even Rest, Sis? post, I mentioned how we’re all too busy.
I’ve seen numerous studies on this, and the universal finding is our busyness is killing us – both figuratively and literally. Busyness ages us, and can flat out end our lives. Additionally, we will be less healthy for however long we do live. Busyness also hurts us mentally and emotionally. It hurts, cripples, and sometimes ends marriages, and it limits our ability love and train up our children. It’s the faceless scourge of our time, but many embrace it as friend while others tolerate it as a necessary evil.
Over the last decade, God has convicted me about my busyness; about doing far too much. I wasn’t doing what He wanted, or at least not just what He wanted. I was doing my thing my way, often in His name. I was trying to accomplish by my own efforts rather than trusting in Him. I ignored His truth about rest and stopping, telling myself it just wasn’t possible in this day and age. I was wrong, very wrong. Frankly, I was in sin.
Unless you’re unusual, you’re too busy. If that’s the case, I hope my confession and rant will nudge you to consider change.
~ Paul – I’m XY, and I’m so glad my wonderful wife has learned to relax and take time off.
If you want a bit more conviction, I highly recommend Richard A. Swenson’s book Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives