A Busy Life.

Let’s be honest, we are all just too busy.

We live in a day and age where we glorify being busy. We wear the label like a badge of honor. A seal of approval. A validation and proof of our worth.

If we’re not busy running from one thing to the next, then we obviously must not be doing enough.

If we’re not chasing after the things everyone else is raving about, then we must be missing out. At least that’s the way we feel.

If we’re not doing what everyone else is doing, what’s considered the norm, then it seems we’re left out. Different.

Pride in Busyness.

When someone asks us how we’re doing, we respond with a sense of pride, ‘BUSY!’. As if being busy means we’re important, significant, and worth more.

We seem to be thrilled with the rush of having more things to do than the time humanly possible to accomplish them.

Our schedules, days and lives are packed full. We think a packed schedule means we’re making more impact in our day. Or that our lives are more meaningful when our schedules are full beyond our capacity.

We secretly admire others who seem to have busy lives and appear to handle the juggling act with such grace and poise, that it looks effortless and almost too easy.

Busy and Burn-Out.

But there’s a thin line between BUSY and BURN-OUT.

When our lives are too full that we have no breathing room because we’re crazy busy, burnout is inevitable.

The truth is, it’s hard to clearly see where we’re heading if we’re too busy. Busyness clouds our ability to make sound judgements about the direction of our lives.

“Some of us are so busy being busy that we’re missing out on God’s purpose and plan for our lives. Deep down, we have a nagging sense that there must be more to our short time on earth than not having enough time to live the abundant life that Jesus said he came to give us. Who has time for abundant living, when we are clearly not even barely living?” – Christine Caine.

In John 10:10 AMP, Jesus says, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”

I love the NLT version of the same verse which says, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

In Psalms 39:4 NLT, David says, “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.”

The Impact of Busyness. 

You need to think long and hard about the impact busyness has on your everyday life – the choices you make, your relationships with the people closest to you and the ones you love most, including your relationship with God.

Friend, you’re not alone in this struggle with busyness. I’m right there with you.

With a husband, three children and a demanding career, I know what it means to be busy. I have been burned by a life that was too full beyond capacity for any breathing room.

But there’s more to life than being busy. We only have one life and it’s too important to waste by being busy.

We need to let go of busy and take up a purpose driven life.

Doing less with purpose is far more meaningful and fruitful than simply doing anything and everything.

A purpose driven life will not only relieve unnecessary pressure and stress but is a more fulfilled and satisfying life than being busy and burned-out.

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