Good Monday Morning!
Or should I say afternoon?
It’s Monday again and I am finally back at blogging! I’m sorry I’ve been away all summer! I’ll try to not just vanish again! If I get busy I’ll explain first if I’m not going to post as much!
And speaking of which today I am going to write, again, about being busy. (You can probably guess why.)
Yep. I’m busy. A lot.
But my focus is not, in fact, on how to get rid of busyness or how to do all the things we want to do, instead I want to focus on one question: How busy should we be? Biblically?
Busyness is something I struggle with consistently. I have an unending amount of things I want to do but a limited amount of time. So I try to ration out time for each thing I want to do and so far it hasn’t worked at all. I am slowly beginning to learn that I simply CAN’T do it all.
Can’t. That is a hard word. As a Christian, and an American, I believe that I can do Any Thing. So, of course, I take that one step further and believe I can do Every Thing I want. But, actually, there is a difference!
We are limited individuals. We aren’t super heroes. But we are fighters. We wake up everyday and dash through life trying to get things done. But is this really what life is all about? Is it about racing through each day, making marks on a check list, and scurrying through everything we do so we can get to the next thing? If that is what life is all about then we have a rather pointless existence.
But what if that’s not what life is about. What if life is greater than reaching my goals or dreams? What if my life is greater than me? And what if my life isn’t even about me? What would that be like?
Gotta ask questions right? 😉
But let me back up. Earlier I stated as an American and Christian I believe I can do anything. Really? Anything? Do I think I can just do whatever I want? No, I don’t.
As an American I can’t just go steal a car or rob a bank. I could try, if I really wanted to, but it would be illegal and I could end up going to jail. So is that really being able to do anything?
And as a Christian, can I do anything I feel like doing? Of course not! If I am a Christian I am to do what God wants me to do. God, Himself, says through the apostle Paul, in Galatians 5:13,
Christian brothers, you were called to be free. Be careful that you do not please your old selves by sinning because you are free. Live this free life by loving and helping others!
Whoa! This means that I can’t just do whatever I feel like! Though the Bible says I can do anything, [Philippians 4:13] it may mean something a little different than what I originally thought. (How does this have to do with busyness? I’m getting to that!)
In America, instead of literally being able to do what ever I feel like, I am free to work at the dreams I have. I can try to accomplish them if they are within the boundaries of the nation’s law. And the law is not a bad thing. The law insures that I will not get robbed or hurt. The law is there so that those around me won’t get hurt either. So it would seem the law is not to restrict my freedom but to increase my safety therefore insuring that fact that I am free to work at my dreams!
And so, is not God’s law even more like that? If we fallible humans can make good laws to protect others then surely God can make even better laws! And indeed He does! God’s law is perfect and makes us free! [James 2: 12] If we act within the boundaries of God’s law then we will be safe and so will those around us.
We can do anything we want if it is within the laws boundaries. And we can do anything not everything! There are restrictions. And rightly so, they protect us. So when it comes to busyness are there perhaps restrictions? Yes, I believe there are.
No, they are not as distinct as the law, but they are there, I am quite certain. And here is why I am certain:
Ecclesiastes 12:13 says,
Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion:
Fear God and keep his commandments
because this is the whole duty of man.
And 2 Timothy 1:9 states:
God is the one who saved and called us with a holy calling. This wasn’t based on what we have done, but it was based on his own purpose and grace that he gave us in Christ Jesus before time began.
God has called us, given us each a purpose. We are all here to fulfill a plan God has for us. So we are to obey Him! Our busyness has restrictions. We are not busy with anything and everything but are to be busy with things God wants us to do, things that will bring about good. Instead of running around trying to do everything we want, need, or think we should do, we should come to God and say, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
And He will show us. That doesn’t mean we won’t be busy. (My Mom can testify against that, in fact all Moms can.) We might be just as busy, but we will know that we are busy with things that are worthwhile. We will get to come, every day, hour, and second, to God and He will lead us. He will take care of all the details! And our lives will become what they were meant to be, lives that glorify God.
Is it easy? No it is not. But it is worth it. After all it seems to me that most people want meaning for their life, that is why we are so busy in the first place! So why not give it all to God and live a much more peaceful and hopeful life. Why not let the Creator, Who made us for Himself, guide our actions? After all He’s the Chef with the cookbook, we are just the ingredients. And He knows what He is making. We don’t need to know what He is doing. We just need to trust Him because everything He does is good!
And on that note I want to end with three verses that have come to my mind and I love exceedingly:
Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares The Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you to give you a future and a hope!”
Let endurance have its full effect in you so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything!
God has a plan in the midst of all this chaos. He has amazing things for us both through the journey and at the end. Let’s say yes to God and become truly free to be anything, anything that He calls us to be. So how busy should we be? As busy as God calls us to be. Come to Him in prayer, read His word, and listen, He will show you what He is calling you to be. And what God calls you to be is greater than anything you could ever imagine!